Skinny Southern is a recipe book full of Southern recipes, but with a healthy twist. Enjoy these fantastic Southern recipes with less (or no) guilt!
Alright, this must come out. Being Southern myself, I’m skeptical yet excited about this cookbook. One of the things that really is well known in the South is that everything absolutely delicious is full of butter and fat. Bacon grease is on the counter of almost every elder. That’s just what we do. Full flavor. Full fat. Of course, we also do diabetes, obesity and heart attacks so I suppose it’s about time for a healthier version of our beloved foods!
About the South…
If you are not from the South, there are a few things you should know if you ever visit.
- We are crazy friendly. We open doors for people, talk to everyone like we’ve known them for years and we’re helpful. For the most part.
- We will defend our loved ones and typically complete strangers if we feel like they are being wronged.
- We eat. A lot. All get togethers include food, and we love getting together!
- Almost every elder is known for some dish or another. While she may share her recipe, you’ll almost never get the whole thing. She leaves out her secret ingredient so that you can’t make it like her. Good luck.
- All the girls, and some of the boys, grow up in their Granny’s kitchen.
- Also, we all made mud pies at some point. Some of us even got our siblings or cousins to eat said mud pies. Yes, they are made from actual mud.
Those are some things you should know, should you ever visit any of our states. It’s just the norm. Recently a person came down from up North and stayed a while, he could not get use to or understand why everyone was so friendly. His perspective was that it was ‘weird’.
All About Skinny Southern
The book contains nine chapters altogether:
- Rubs, Spice Blends and Sauces
- Main Dishes
- Breads & Desserts
- Kids in the Kitchen
About the Author:
Lara Lyn Carter is a private chef and won an Emmy for her show Thyme for Sharing. She also wrote Southern Thymes Shared and Skinny Southern Baking. While these are all awesome things. That doesn’t inspire Southern confidence. So, we’ll get to the part that Southerners care about. She is a wife and mother of three boys which means she has to be able to cook, like really cook. In the South, we tend to think that chef’s are a little fancy for us, so this was very important to know.
Things us ladies love to know:
She was inspired to create these recipes because she reached that point in life where she realized it was time to lose weight and get healthier. She went from a size 12 (collective gasp here) to a size 2 (collective wow). So, evidently her workout determination combined with her healthy changes were successful.
Not So Random Thoughts
As I flip through the pages, I’m delighted to see recipes I grew up either eating or seeing other people eat (I use to be afraid to try new things). Also, some of them I simply had no idea they had a ‘real’ name. For example, the Waldorf Fruit Salad has always just been a fruit salad. Just like the food itself, it’s somehow comforting to see images of them. Each recipe holds a short blurb about it. Typically 2 or 3 sentences about what they are or her Southern experience with them.