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by Kent Whitaker & Sheila Simmons

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Tennessee Hometown Cookbook

Favorite Southern Recipes from Tennessee Kitchens

Tennessee Hometown Cookbook dishes up a double-helping of southern, tried and true recipes and fun-filled facts about hometowns all-over the state.

Kent Whitaker and Sheila Simmons bring you more than 300 favorite recipes that are easy-to-follow and use ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. From Beale Street Barbecue Pork Spareribs to Chattanooga Fudge Cake, Grandma’s Onion Soup Meatloaf to Hunka Burning Love Peanut Butter Pie, Brunswick Stew to BlackenedCatfish, there are delicious, hometown recipes to please everyone.

You’ll also enjoy interesting food facts and stories about fun food festivals around the state such as Greater Five Point’s Tomato Art Festival whose motto is “The Tomato... a uniter, not a divider—bringing together fruits and vegetables.”

Tennessee brings to mind music and mountains, history and heritage, bbq and good food – get a taste of it all in Tennessee Hometown Cookbook

Tennessee Hometown Cookbook Review

When you go out in the market to search for the best Tennessee cookbook, you will find a plethora of choices. You may feel overwhelmed and confused when you realize that all of these Tennessee cookbooks are claiming to provide you the most authentic Tennessee Cooking experience. The worst thing is that most of these cookbooks do not even bother to provide you the correct Tennessee recipes, and let alone providing you the most authentic Tennessee food. Precisely at these times, when you find a fantastic book like Tennessee Hometown Cookbook, you certainly could not believe your luck at first. Yes, finally we have a cookbook in the market that not only provide you the best Tennessee Cooking experience, but Tennessee Hometown Cookbook also enlightens you about the most astounding and interesting facts and traditions about this wonderful state.

What makes Tennessee Hometown Cookbook as the perfect choice for you?

If you are looking for cookbooks on Tennessee Cooking, then Tennessee Hometown Cookbook is the best option for you. Authors, Sheila Simmons and Kent Whitaker, have done a superb job by listing some of the most terrific Tennessee recipes in Tennessee Hometown Cookbook. Consider this; Tennessee Hometown Cookbook contains over 300 mouth-watering and delicious recipes. This just means that you can try different Tennessee recipe nearly every day in a year. This is amazing if you also consider the fact that all the recipes are extremely easy to prepare, and you can prepare each and every recipe mentioned in Tennessee Hometown Cookbook with ingredients that commonly present in your kitchens. This is probably the best Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook and Travel Guide with real Southern Family Recipes and Festivals.

How Tennessee Hometown Cookbook can help you to prepare most astounding Tennessee food?

So, no matter who you want impress with your cooking skills, the Tennessee Hometown Cookbook can prove to be your best partner. Some of the most appetizing and delicious recipes that you can find in Tennessee Hometown Cookbook are; popular Grandma’s Onion Soup Meatloaf, Chattanooga Fudge Cake, Beale Street Barbecue Pork Spareribs, White Hot Fish and Crockpot Brunswick Stew, among others. Apart from these, you will also find some common recipes in Tennessee Hometown Cookbook such as the easiest to prepare Tennessee cookie recipe and outstanding Tennessee bbq recipes. So, if you want to impress your loved ones or guests with some terrific Tennessee cookies or scrumptious Tennessee bbq, you don’t need to go out in search of ingredients, you can prepare these Tennessee food items with the ingredients present right in your kitchen.

Furthermore, the interesting facts that you will find in this cookbook about Tennessee food and Tennessee traditions make Tennessee Hometown Cookbook an exceptionally addictive book to read. Also, you will find stories about food festivals that take place here every year such as Tomato Art Festival of Greater Five Point.

Whichever recipe you choose to make a terrific impression on your loved ones, with Tennessee Hometown Cookbook, you are guaranteed to master the art of Tennessee Cooking.



RECIPES from Tennessee Hometown Cookbook:

Baby Back Ribs Memphis Barbecue Recipe Free

Barbecued Baby Back Ribs the Easy Way

Pepper & Corn Salsa

Roasted Cheddar Potatoes


List of Tennessee Festivals included in Tennessee Hometown Cookbook

The following is an alphabetical list by city of Tennessee Festivals included in Tennessee Hometown Cookbook. Clicking each link will take you to information about that festival or scroll down for the full list of Tennessee Festivals by date.

Allardt • Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Off • October
Bell Buckle • RC and Moon Pie Festival • June
Chattanooga • Southern Brewers Festival • August
Cleveland • Cleveland Apple Festival • Second Saturday in October
Cosby • Cosby Ramp Festival • May
Dayton • Annual Tennessee Strawberry Festival • May
Erwin • Unicoi County Apple Festival • October
Greater Five Points of Nashville • Tomato Art Fest • August
Humbolt • West Tennessee Strawberry Festival • May
Lookout Mountain • Ketner's Mill Country Arts Fair • Third weekend in October
Lynnville • Lynnville Blackberry Festival • Last weekend in June
Manchester • Chocolate Fantasy, Chocolate Tastings •
Martin • Tennessee Soybean Festival • September
Memphis • Greek Festival • May
Memphis • Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest • May
Memphis • Memphis Italian Festival • May
Monteagle • Taste of the Mountain Food Fair • Second Saturday in March
Nashville • Music & Molasses Festival • Third weekend in October
Nashville • A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival • May
Norris • Tennessee Fall Homecoming • Second Weekend of October for 3 days
Paris • World's Biggest Fish Fry • April
Pulaski • Giles County Gobbler Gala and Tennessee Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt • 2nd weekend in April
Ripley • Lauderdale County Tomato Festival • July
Rutledge • Grainger County Tomato Festival • Last weekend in July
Sevierville • Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass • May
Shady Valley • Shady Valley Cranberry Festival • Second Weekend of October
South Pittsburg • National Cornbread Festival • April


Taste of the Mountain Food Fair
Monteagle • Second Monday in March

Held at the National Guard Armory, "everything from possum to pate" is featured fare as restaurants, caterers, and bakeries from the Mountain provide samples of their specialties.

National Cornbread Festival
South Pittsburg • April

Amateur chefs from all over the country compete for honors in the National Cornbread Cook-Off. Main dish cornbread dishes are eligible in this annual contest sponsored by Martha White Flour and Lodge Cast Iron. A 4-H version of the contest is open to fourth-grade 4-H'ers. Prior winners of the Cook-Offs have come from North Carolina and Kentucky to Nebraska and Wisconsin.

World's Biggest Fish Fry
Paris • April

Start with 1,325 pounds of cornmeal, 212 pounds of salt and 10,000 pounds of fresh Kentucky Lake catfish. Add all of this with the annual Fish Fry Rodeo, the grand parade, street dances, sporting events, arts and craft shows and square dances, and you will have the World's Biggest Fish Fry.

Giles County Gobbler Gala and
Tennessee Governor's
One Shot Turkey Hunt

Pulaski • 2nd weekend in April

Giles County is host to the Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt — an annual event attracting turkey hunters from throughout the country. In addition to the Turkey Hunt, there are craft and food vendors, live entertainment, a turkey roll competition, lots of fun stuff for the kids, and a "Run Turkey Run" 5k run/walk. This outstanding event commences with a Gobbler Gala/One-Shot Banquet featuring more live entertainment.

Memphis in May
World Championship
Barbecue Cooking Contest

Memphis • May

Called the "Super Bowl of Swine" and the "Largest Pork Barbecue Cooking Contest on the Planet,"this world-class event is held each May at Tom Lee Park on the banks of the Mississippi River. The focus is three days of intense competition where teams eat, sleep, and live barbecue—vying for prizes and bragging rights. More than 90,000 barbecue lovers from around the world gather to sample and compete with sauces, rubs, and all things pork and barbecue. There is even a Ms. Piggie competition where grown men don snouts and tutus.

A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival
Nashville • May

A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival showcases great wine along with live music, gourmet food and area artisans. Several award-winning Tennessee wineries offer samples of their finest wines at the event. The festival also includes family-owned companies who either grow their own products or purchase grains and produce from Tennessee farmers for their recipes.

Memphis Italian Festival
Memphis • May

A community celebration demonstrating the values of family, faith and fellowship in the Italian-American tradition. Attendees will experience, music, food, fun events, a bocce tournament, grape stomping, arts and crafts and more.

Greek Festival
Memphis • May

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's Greek Festival is the place for anyone who loves Greek food or who wants to give it a try. The dinner provides a range of tastes. If you don't want to stand in line, you can order individual items at the food stands. The food includes gyros (a sandwich with lamb), spanakopita (a pastry with spinach), and souvlaki (a chicken kebab). Indulge your sweet tooth with a variety of dessert pastries including baklava (a pastry with honey and nuts). After eating, burn off the calories dancing to live Greek music.

Cosby Ramp Festival
Cosby • May

The ramp, or wild leek, belongs to the sample family as chives and garlic. Long used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes and early settlers in cooking, the ramp still is an integral rite of spring in regional cooking. The flavor is similar to that of garlic and onion, but more pronounced and musty. The ramp has been called "the sweetest tasting and vilest smelling vegetable in Nature's bounty." The Cosby Ramp Festival has been held every May since 1954 and includes a recipe contest featuring fare such as Green Eggs & Ramps and BBQ Chicken served with Ramps. Other events include a Maid of Ramps contest, Appalachian crafts, country, gospel, bluegrass and rock & roll music

Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass
Sevierville • May

Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass features the Tennessee State Championship BBQ Competition where an estimated 2,832 pounds of meat will be cooked by teams from across the United States. Some 20,000 attendees will also enjoy world-class bluegrass musicians, arts and crafts, kids games and the one and only Mountain Soul Vocal Competition.

Annual Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Dayton • May

The Tennessee Strawberry Festival started in 1947 as a one-day festival to celebrate the large strawberry crops of Rhea County, which, at its height, produced about four million quarts of berries each year. Now a 10-day long extravaganza, the festival is a celebration of small-town life and includes a Classic Car Cruise-in, Pancake Breakfast, Pie and Cake Baking Contest, and a Strawberry Shortcake dinner.

Chocolate Fantasy, Chocolate Tastings
Manchester •

What if you could actually live your chocolate fantasy with fountains of chocolate cascading down and around a mountain of fresh fruit. Giant bunnies would greet you with a hug and a handful of candy. There would be chocolate at every turn-chocolate ice cream, chocolate cheesecake, homemade fudge, pies, cakes and cookies all drenched in decadent chocolate. Think you're're not. It's a real Chocolate Fantasy sponsored by Fantasy Radio and featuring confectioners, caterers and chocolatiers from all over the southeast. Attendees enjoy samples of chocolate favorites and new creations, too.

West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Humbolt • May

Strawberries of the region have been celebrated annually in May since 1936. Festivities include a recipe contest, pet parade, checker tournament, BBQ contest, 5k and 10k runs, and parades for all ages.

RC and Moon Pie Festival
Bell Buckle • June

Join in the cutting of the world's largest Moon Pie at the RC and Moon Pie Festival. Along with the food treats, there is plenty of country and bluegrass music, clogging dancers, Moon Pie games, crafts, and the ever-popular "Synchronized Wading Extravaganza".

Lynnville Blackberry Festival
Lynnville • Last weekend in June

Blackberry treats and "the world's largest blueberry pie" are served at this two-day festival in south/central Tennessee. Festival attendees enjoy a street dance, live music, the Jolly Carnival featuring rides for the children, and more. This festival is "Southern hospitality at its best."

Lauderdale County Tomato Festival
Ripley • July

The Lauderdale County Tomato Festival is held every July in Ripley. Events include tomato tasting, tomato contest, gospel music, baby crawling contest, and more.

Grainger County Tomato Festival
Rutledge • Last weekend in July

The Grainger County Tomato Festival was organized in 1993 to promote the local tomato crops and to provide exposure for area artists, craftsman and non-profit organizations. Events include music, beauty pageant, 5k run, art show, car show, Civil War camp, and tomato wars. This event is sponsored by the Rutledge Lion's Club and has become one of the largest free festivals in East Tennessee.

Tomato Art Fest
Greater Five Points of Nashville • August

Tomatoes abound at this festival featuring the artwork of over 100 skilled artists from around the country, an heirloom tomato tasting, Tomatillo! Children's Fine Art, a "Most Beautiful Tomato" competition, a Bloody Mary contest, and a tomato recipe contest with six categories—including dessert!

Southern Brewers Festival
Chattanooga • August

If you like brew, this event is for you! The annual Southern Brewers Festival in early August has become one of the city's most anticipated gatherings, with good reason. During the festival, two blocks near the Riverfront are transformed into one big beer tent. Wet your whistle on more than 40 different brews as vendors from around the world serve up their best. Several local cafes are also on hand to provide a variety of culinary delights.

Tennessee Soybean Festival
Martin • September

The Tennessee Soybean Festival celebrates the benefits of soybeans and the community of Martin, home of the University of Tennessee, with a wide range of activities. Held for four days in September, the festival features a soybean pancake tournament, golf tournament, street fair, bicycle rodeo, car show, senior citizens shuffleboard tournament, mini quilt show, barbecue, kids' day, and high school rodeo challenge.

Tennessee Fall Homecoming
Norris • Second Weekend of October for 3 days

Regional cooks prepare favorites like cornbread, fried pies, and chicken and dumplings. There are early pioneer activities such as cane grinding on a mule-powered mill, sheep herding, and lye-soap making. Festival goers enjoy performances by over 350 traditional old-time, folk, country, gospel, and bluegrass musicians.

Shady Valley Cranberry Festival
Shady Valley • Second Weekend of October

Cranberries have thrived in Shady Valley for the last 10,000 years. Every year, locals celebrate the tart fruit with a parade featuring the Johnson County marching band, colorful floats, and antique cars. Other offerings include tours of the cranberry bogs, clogging, live bluegrass music, and face painting at Shady Valley Elementary School.

Ketner's Mill Country Arts Fair
Lookout Mountain • Third weekend in October

This festival is situated at a beautiful historic mill and dam on the Sequatchie River. Built in 1882, by 'Pappy' A.K. Ketner, the site includes a grist mill, sawmill, and large working water wheel. The festival is on 100 acres next to the Mill and is set among historic farm buildings. The small pavilion next to the Mill houses some displays of art, crafts, and domestic arts displays such as wool spinning and weaving, sorghum grinding, chair caning, and country cooking with the Mill's freshly ground cornmeal. Stoneground cornmeal and grits are for sale. Music performance includes the area's best bluegrass, country, and gospel groups.

Unicoi County Apple Festival
Erwin • October

The festival, consistently named one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events in the Southeast and a two-year winner of a Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association's Pinnacle Award, is a premier two-day event that features handmade crafts, a variety of unique foods, two entertainment stages highlighting local, regional and national talent, large children's area, Blue-Ridge Pottery Show and Sale, Apple Festival Pageant, tennis tournament, cooking contest and much more.

Cleveland Apple Festival
Cleveland • Second Saturday in October

The Cleveland Apple Festival is a family event that takes place on the courthouse square in downtown Cleveland. Held annually, the festival offers a juried art and craft show, live bluegrass music, food booths, horse and hay rides, entertainment, an auction, and children's activities. Children's rides are free, and there is free parking.

Music & Molasses Festival
Nashville • Third weekend in October

The annual Music & Molasses Festival at the Tennessee Agricultural Museum is a country celebration of the harvest season. Molasses-making the old-time way is one of the many special demonstrations that can be enjoyed with cooking and tasting at the sorghum mill. The weekend of family fun includes bluegrass music, story-tellers, country cloggers, a grist mill, and homemade cakes and pies.

Great Pumpkin Festival
and Weigh-Off

Allardt • October

Pumpkin growers and locals gather to judge the largest pumpkin. The Allardt Weigh-off record breaker and state record pumpkin weighed in at 1,051 pounds. In addition to breaking records, the festival includes a recipe contest, costume competition, car show and quilt show.

About the Authors:    

Kent Whitaker has taken his down-home, Southern-style cooking to an art-form. “I like to do a bit more than burgers and dogs on the grill.” He is the author of three cookbooks, Tennessee Hometown Cookbook (Great American Publishers, 2007), Smoke in the Mountains (Quail Ridge Press, 2004) and Checkered Flag Cooking (Quail Ridge Press, 2005), and has written and illustrated two children’s books, Why are the Mountains Smoky? (Overmountain Press, 2004) and Big Mo’s Tennis Ball Hunt (Great American Publishers, 2006).

Kent has appeared on the Food Network and other network television stations. He frequently hosts cooking classes at the Chattanooga Market and throughout the South. He writes a cooking column for the Catoosa County News and the Chattanoogan, and writes monthly articles for both The National Barbecue News and Racing Milestones Magazine. A dog-lover and advocate for local animal shelters and rescue organizations, Kent and his grilling buddy, Moses, are spokesperson and spokesdog for ALPO. Kent and Moses travel the country presenting grilling and cooking demos promoting the idea of including your canine family members in on the backyard grilling fun. Kent gives human grilling and cooking tips while Moses enjoys APLO Chophouse Ribeye-Flavored dog food.

Kent and his wife Ally live in East Tennessee with one son, Macee, a Golden Retriever named Moses and a Shitzu named Barney.

Sheila Simmons is passionate about cooking and cookbooks. In her travels, when people come to stay at her “rambling house in the country,” when entertaining, or even when watching one of her two boys play ball, the subject will always, eventually, turn to recipes.

Sheila’s interest in regional recipes was originally born during her 18 years with Quail Ridge Press in Brandon, Mississippi. In 2006, she left QRP to focus her love of publishing on Great American Publishers and Great American Cookbooks where she is Publisher and co-owner along with husband Roger Simmons.

Sheila has also found an outlet for her regional recipe passion in the State Hometown Cookbook Series. She and co-author Kent Whitaker collect favorite recipes from every state in the country for the series. A “job” that is perfect for someone who loves to talk about and share great recipes and equally enjoys trying new recipes in her kitchen.

Sheila is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She lives in Lena, Mississippi with her husband Roger and two sons, Ryan and Nicholas. In addition to publishing, cooking, and collecting recipes Sheila enjoys family, reading, and books.


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