Beloved comic actress Faith Ford puts a fresh and healthy new spin
on down-home cooking with 125 updated Southern classics and
traditional favorites cooked by three generations of her family.
You wouldn't know it by looking at her -- either during her
years as Corky Sherwood on CBS's "Murphy Brown" or now on her hit
ABC comedy "Hope & Faith" -- but Faith Ford "loves" to eat.
Growing up in Pineville, Louisiana, Faith learned how to cook
the great Southern classics from her mother and grandmother:
Old-Fashioned Smothered Chicken, Mom's Smoky Beef Brisket,
Southern-Style Fried Catfish, Cora's Skillet Candied Sweet
Potatoes, Snap Beans and New Potatoes, Buttermilk Biscuits, Fluffy
Lemon Icebox Pie, and more.
Then, at age seventeen, she left Pineville for a modeling and
acting career in New York City and later Los Angeles. She longed
for the comforting foods of home but sought to adapt them to match
her new, California, health-conscious sensibility. Thus began a
lifetime of experimentation in the kitchen, developing healthier
versions of foods from her childhood by cooking with olive oil;
incorporating loads of vegetables -- staples on the family farm in
Louisiana -- into every meal; oven-frying; and using chopped fresh
herbs for maximum flavor. The delicious results -- Golden Crispy
Oven-Fried Chicken; Broiled Red Snapper with Olives, Onions, and
Tomatoes; Grilled Veggie Po' Boys; Dilled Egg White Salad; Green
Beans Braised with Balsamic Vinegar and Soy Sauce; Asparagus with
Tarragon Vinaigrette; Peaches-n-Creamy Shake; and Sweet Summer
Melon-Mint Salad -- regularly wow friends in Los Angeles and have
even won over Mom and the folks back home.
An inspired combination of the best ofboth worlds -- the
homespun, heirloom dishes Faith grew up on (because every once in a
while you need to indulge and only the "real thing" will do) and
her own healthier, more modern versions and creations -- "Cooking
with Faith" is also about the bonds that grow between family and
friends as they spend time together in the kitchen. After all, says
Faith, "well-made food is an experience. It's about taking pride in
what you eat. It's a remedy for an increasingly fast-food-reliant
society -- I mean, how can you be that much in a hurry?"
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