Eugene Walter (1921-98), a native of Mobile, Alabama, USA and author of the classic American Cooking: Southern Style, was a pioneering food writer and editor who enjoyed long sojourns in New York, Rome, and Paris when he wasn't at home in the South. A translator, screenwriter, novelist, puppeteer, artist, costume designer, actor, and more, Walter was a man of arts, letters, and food. The Happy Table of Eugene Walter, a cookbook that Walter was working on in the final years of his life, is the first new book by Walter to appear in more than a decade.Donald Goodman was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. He and his wife currently live in the Washington, D.C., area, where he manages the Eugene Walter estate.
Any cooking lover should know the work of Eugene Walter, a great Southern food writer and notable character in the foodie community.--Zagat.com A top "10 Must-Read Fall Books for Food Lovers.--Zagat.com This is a worthwhile addition to the current glut of contemporary southern cookbooks and critical to any regional cooking collection.--Booklist An interesting read in addition to providing wonderful recipes.--Southernfood.org This cookbook contains over 300 Southern-themed recipes for foods and libations that not only inspire but offer a history lesson. . . . this collection shines. . . . It uniquely captures the history and culture of the South and is highly recommended.--Library Journal So much more than a collection of classic recipes. . . . This appealing concoction is equal parts Southern culinary and cultural history, well-seasoned with wit and charm. . . . Any serious student of Southern culture should gleefully devour this book and raise a cocktail in honor of Eugene Walter.--Austin Chronicle Not just a cookbook but also a guide to life and a vision of convivial happiness.--AL.com Recipes that are based on the classics but elevated by Walter's modern food sense and cooking acumen.--ForeWord I'll be the first in line to buy a copy.--Moreton Neal, MetroMag If this book had only recipes, it would be terrifically useful. The bigger treat, however, is to hear Walter's voice again--comic, encouraging, utterly singular.--First Draft Reviews Online, The Alabama Writers' Forum The very readable Happy Table never gets bogged down." --Seattle Weekly This book sparkles with the author's wit.--Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wonderful new book. . . .devoted to Walter's writing about Southern tradition, to which he was passionately attached. . . .offers recipes (some dating to the 19th century) for vegetables, meat, fish, rice, sauces, souffles, sandwiches and desserts, among other dishes.--Tuscaloosa News A classic cookbook shares memorable Old Mobile recipes--traditional with a twist--from the best host south of the Mason-Dixon.--Mobile Bay Magazine A book that's big and loud and fun, much like the author himself.--Flavors Utterly charming . . . . You'll want to cook from it--but it makes especially delightful reading.--Metro Magazine