Local Flavor: Cookbook & Culinary History Guide to Federal Point, NC

By / Life on the Island / Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

"She-Crab Soup" 'Clam Fritters," "Banana Pudding," "Molasses Candy," "Hot Crab Dip," Southern Fried Cornbread," "Down East Bar-B-Que Sauce," "20 Minute Collards," "Six-Flavor Pound Cake," "Green Tomato Pie," "Potato Chip Cookies." Hungry Yet? The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society has just published "Local Flavor," a new cookbook that combines the very best of our community's culinary history with the favorite recipes of our past and present members. Books are now available at the Federal Point History Center (1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach) for $21.95. We can also take mail orders by phone at 910-458-0502. Note: We do take credit cards, an additional $5.00 for shipping and handling will be applied for mail orders. The old saying "You are what you eat" can be turned around to more properly state "You eat what you are." We are food that is steeped in Civil War history, Depression era conservativeness, fresh seafood from our local waters, carnival food from our boardwalk, and a myriad of restaurants representing cuisines brought from other places. We are a melting pot in more ways than one. Almost twenty years ago the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society published a cookbook as a fund raiser. When we decided to "revise" and "update" that book we found ourselves on a two year journey into creating a work that is very different from the original. One fundamental addition was a variety of "old time" recipes collected by Ann Hertzler and Jeannie Gordon as they conducted oral history interviews of our community's wisest elders. Who couldn't resist the following? Britt's Donuts, Big Daddy's, the 4 Ts, the Hotel Barnes, Jim's Café, Seabreeze." Also featured are a number of local restaurants that are very much part of the history of food in our beach communities. Along with recipes are pictures of many fondly remembered local eating places. Also included are a wide variety of new, tried and true, recipes from our members and their families. 'My Friend Eugie's Recipe for Banana Punch," "Fran's Chicken Casserole," "Audrey's Quiche," "Maxine Nivens' Crème Brulee" and "Mrs. Lewis' Cherry Torte" all represent our local culinary community as it cooks today. Also included are recipes representing well known Federal Point families including the Kure's, the Winners, the Bame's, the Doetsch's, the Leiner's, the Newton's, and the Risley s.
Without the design and publishing experience of local author/publisher Daniel Norris this book would never have happened in its glorious form. Lushly illustrated in full color the book is filled with images that will send you to the kitchen in a frenzy to try these scrumptious recipes. Daniel donated a huge number of hours (including time trapped at home by the two ice storms this winter) and helped us raise the level of this book well above the typical local "fundraiser" cookbook- It truly has to be seen to be believed!


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