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My New Favorite Cookbook


The John C. Campbell Folk School just published a new cookbook. The book contains over 200 recipes. Many are tried and true dishes that have been served for years in the folk school’s dining hall and at their annual Fall Festival. Appalachian classics and treats made for holidays and special events are also included. Other recipes came from far distant lands and found a home at the folk school in one of the many cooking class offerings.

The book is a true work of art. I’d recommend it to folks who don’t even cook just so they could look at the beautiful photographs.

A few years back the girls were invited to take part in a photo shoot for the cookbook right after a May Pole Celebration at the school. There’s a dandy photo of Chitter from that day in the book and farther along both girls are in a snapshot of a clogging performance at fall festival. While I knew the girls would more than likely show up in the pages, I was tickled pink to discover my biscuit recipe was included in the book and the Blind Pig and the Acorn was even given a shout out. I felt like I’d won an Oscar 🙂

The books are available in the craft shop at the folk school as well as online. If you’re interested in picking up your own copy go here. I’ve been telling all my friends the cookbook would make a terrific gift for someone and it would.


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    August 15, 2018 at 7:41 am

    I bought 4 of these at the book release party – 3 for gifts and 1 for me. My friends and family loved them so much that I ended up gifting all of them! I’ll be back soon to get more for holiday gifts and will be putting one for me under lock and key!

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    Nanette Davidson
    August 14, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Glad to hear your readers are enjoying The Folk School Cookbook. I spent many years putting together this book and had a wonderful time cooking the recipes and then styling them with photographer Keather Gougler. It is meant to help the reader understand what a special place the John C Campbell Folk School is , how it sits in the Appalachian community of western NC but how it also reflects an amazing group of people who are makers and musicians from all over the country and the world.

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    Rooney Floyd
    August 13, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I have one also and agree it’s the best ever. It is so well written and the art work is beyond comparison. Of course, my favorite picture is page 177–blacksmith’s breakfast…

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    Ken Roper
    August 13, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I’m proud the folk school has printed a cookbook for folks to enjoy. Jim, Don, and I was talking about You, ( mostly good), awhile back, talking about your Daily blog, and Jim stated: ” I don’t understand how Tipper manages to put out her blog every day and works too. I’m lucky to put out my Newsletter once a month.” …Ken

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    Jim Casada
    August 13, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Tipper–One thought and one question. The thought is simple–your new favorite cookbook needs to be “Tastes and Table Temptations from Tipper” or something along that line. In other words, a “receipt” book from you.

    As for the question: Does the book have a wrap-around cover or binding of a type which lets it lie flat? If not, then I think the John Campbell folks missed the boat a bit no matter how fine the book is (and I’m ordering a copy). Books which will not lie flat are totally functional when it comes to ease of use, although I do remember one of your readers telling me she made some hand-dandy little weights which kept pages flat while a cookbook was in use.

    Jim Casada

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    August 13, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Must order one!
    P.S. could you possibly make a list of all the cookbooks you’ve mentioned through your blog with a comment about them? – why you think they deserve to be called “Appalachian”. – something about the author(s)/editor(a) and their inspiration for creating the cookbook. – favorite recipe(s) from each. – special features of each. – where to get them. – whether or not they are still available.
    Perhaps your could do similar lists for crafts, gardening, Appalachian skills and then make a new section of lists.
    -just thinking-

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    August 13, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I noticed something unusual in their ad “The book is available for purchase for $29.95 (plus tax for NC residents only) in the Craft Shop”. Does that mean out of state folks don’t have to pay state sales tax? That would be unusual to say the least. I understand that out of state customers can legally buy something online and pick it up in a different state without paying that states sales tax but they are still responsible for paying whatever tax their own state requires.
    Do they ask you in the Craft shop what state you are from? If you tell them a fib do you save the tax or do you have to show ID? I know you are not a tax lawyer but maybe one reads your blog and will know.

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      August 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      By the way I did order a cookbook. It’s gonna cost me $34.90. NC state sales tax in $1.55 and $0.65 to Burke County. I don’t mind paying the tax, I just wondered why people from out of state didn’t have to pay the same tax that residents do.

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      August 13, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Papaw-I’ve wondered about that before. As you said it’s usually like that online-if I buy something from another state I don’t have to pay the tax since I don’t live there. I figure there must be some reason 🙂 I hope you like the book!!

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    August 13, 2018 at 8:37 am

    My granddaughter and I went to the cookbook introduction at JCC in July. There were delicious samples of some of the recipes, and I met lots of nice folks. I bought two cookbooks, one for myself and one for a Christmas gift. The giant coconut cake was excellent!

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    Miss Cindy
    August 13, 2018 at 6:52 am

    I got one! I got a copy for my birthday last week from the Pressley Family! I’m so excited, it’s a beautiful book, I mean beautiful. I sat last night and went through every page in the book . I’ve never seen a more beautiful cookbook. The photos are stunning and the recipes are the real deal!
    AND, the girls are in the pictures and you, Tip, have your stunning biscuits recipe in it!
    If you can’t already tell…I am very excited about this cookbook!

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