I’ve received some of the nicest, most touching notes this week from people who are in the middle of reading–or just finished–A Place at the Table. I’ve also received some really nice reviews from book lovers and book bloggers. I am so grateful for the word of mouth support this book is getting! Thank you.
I’ve also been getting some requests for recipes! I wish I could have everyone over and cook for them (to me heaven would be a dinner party with no one getting drunk and belligerent and people from all walks of life reunited), but in lieu of my hosting folks at my house I want to share a recipe with you from the book. This is the recipe for Bobby’s grandmother’s poundcake. Except Bobby doesn’t call her “Grandmother;” he calls her “Meemaw.” Meemaw’s pound cake is so good she sells 10 a week out the back door of her kitchen in Decatur, GA. I had to try a lot of recipes before I found one that I thought warranted Meemaw’s seal of approval. The one I chose is the recipe of my good friend Greg Johnson, whose own grandmother was famous for her pound cake. Her name was Mittie Cumbie Wade and Greg says folks would line up for her pound cake when she served it at family gatherings. You’ll also find this recipe in the back of the hardcover edition of A Place at the Table. Remember to bring all cold ingredients (eggs, butter, sour cream) to room temperature before cooking. And this cake really works best cooked in a bundt or tube pan–it doesn’t translate well to loaf pans. Also, if you have the chance, topping this with a glaze made of melted butter, lemon juice, confectioner’s sugar and lemon zest takes things to a whole new level.
Here’s the recipe: