On Wednesday at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission celebrates the release of A Taste of Memphis Music, a cookbook with recipes from area musicians, chefs, notable Memphians, and music fans.
Among the contributors is Mayor A C Wharton, whose recipe for Strawberry Cobbler leaves the amounts of sugar, butter, and cinnamon up to "personal preference."
Chef Jason Jones of Madidi adds a great-sounding Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Saffron Creme Fraiche.
Singer Joyce Cobb includes a family recipe for Sweet Potato Custard, while Memphis Men of Harmony baritone Lee McNeil gives us the very Southern Gramma's Spicy Okra Hoecakes.
On Sunday, I cooked up singer Valerie June's Red Hot Sweet Potato & Black Bean Soup and a side of Citrus Collards with Raisins Redux from food activist and author Bryant Terry.
The soup couldn't have been better. The broth, vegetable broth plus a bullion cube, was particularly rich and the cayenne pepper gave it kick. The collards were good as well, but I struggled some with the prep and cooking. The greens are supposed to be bright green. Mine were not. Terry warns not to overcook. When will I listen?