Some books are like bricks to my cooking and this is one of them. Foundational material. This book has such a beautiful narrative of the most notable mentor / student relationship we have seen in Southern Food. Written by two great chefs, both from the South but from very different backgrounds, Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock, this collaboration is a touching depiction of the diverse landscape of Southern food. The Gift of Southern Cooking, Recipes and Revelations from two Great American Cooks goes to show you that Edna Lewis was not some wise, old dame of soul food, but rather a hip and current force years ahead of her time. She was an unbelievably cool person. Her co-author, student and friend, Scott Peacock, of Watershed, is a very talented chef and winner of the 2007 James Beard “Best Chef in the Southeast" award. He is a great person, hilarious raconteur and a master of Southern Cooking. Most importantly though he's my friend!