By Vivian Howard
You might know Vivian Howard from A Chef’s Life on PBS, but her first foray into writing, Deep Run Roots, has earned Howard wide acclaim as a skilled storyteller and a contemporary voice for American country cooking. A New York Times Bestseller, her book is also the recipient of Cookbook of the Year for 2016 and the Julia Child First Book Award.
Beautifully photographed and illustrated, Deep Run Roots is organized by ingredient and offers recipes for every skill level from beginners to seasoned cooks. As reflected in the fare served at her Kinston, NC restaurant, Chef and Farmer, Howard’s take on food involves the no-nonsense approach to cooking that makes the most of what can be accessed locally and what is seasonally available. She takes the concept of “make do with what you have” to “take what you have and make it exceptional.”
Deep Run Roots tells the story of Southern food, rooted in family and tradition, embellished with charm and humor and illustrated with stunning photographs of every recipe. It is abundantly apparent that Howard writes, as she cooks, with great heart.