Picks and Pans Review: Biscuits, Spoonbread, and Sweet Potato Pie

updated 12/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Bill Neal

Welcome to the world of fritters, grits and Big Mama's Everlasting Rolls. Fresh from Bill Neal's cozy kitchen come 300 recipes for breads and sweets that have been the pride of the South for more than three centuries. Chapters brim with ideas for plain and fancy biscuits, hotcakes and baby cakes, dumplings, hush puppies, puddings, pies, tarts and confections. Neal, a chef at Crook's Corner, a must-stop for anyone motoring through Chapel Hill, N.C., garnishes his guide with bits of history, tall tales and archival photos that call to mind the Old South, with its warm traditions and homey eats. (Knopf, $19.95)

Kristin McMurran

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