Southern Living’s No Taste Like Home + Alabama White Sauce & a Giveaway!


From time to time I get offers from publishers to review cookbooks, and more often than not, I pass them up. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE cookbooks. However, there are only so many cookbooks one girl can handle! But there are some that I simply cannot refuse, and that’s the category this new Southern Living cookbook falls in.

Since childhood I’ve been a big fan of Southern Living magazine. I even created a video for explaining exactly what I love about it so much. Suffice it to say, they are a trusted source for me when it comes to cooking (amongst other things).

So when I got the email about Southern Living No Taste Like Home, it was an easy “yes!”.  Great decision on my part, as I’m really enjoying diving into this cookbook. Broken into sections of the various regions of the south, it’s more than just recipes – you feel like you learn a little about each place, it’s history, it’s residents, and of course, it’s food.

Southern Living No Taste Like Home photos

I’ve got something marked to try from every region – Crab Cake Hushpuppies and Remoulade from Cajun Country; Tex Mex Grilled Beef with Chipotle-Lime Cream from Big Bold Texas; Shrimp and Grits from The Piedmont & the Mountains; Loretta Lynn’s Chicken and Dumplings from The Bluegrass, Bourbon & Barbecue Trail; and Georgia Peach Deviled Eggs from the Coastal South.

And then there is the one recipe that I was dying to try from the moment I saw it….Alabama White Sauce. Or as they call it in this book, Alabama White Barbecue Sauce. I leave out the word barbecue because honestly, I can slather this stuff on so many things, I don’t want to limit your imagination. Oddly, I don’t like mayonnaise, and yet, I love this sauce that is mayonnaise based. Perfect for smoked chicken, but equally as amazing with fried okra, as our local Smoke Et Al food truck has proven in recent years.




Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

Makes 1 3/4 cups. Recipe from Southern Living: No Taste Like Home cookbook


1 1/2 cups mayonnaise

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1 garlic clove

1 Tbsp coarse, ground black pepper

1 Tbsp spicy brown mustard

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp table salt

2 tsp horseradish


Stir together all ingredients until well blended. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


Now some good news for you. I’ve got an extra cookbook to give away!

To enter, all you have to do is this:

~Contest Closed~

Congratulations to the winner!

#21 Susan Williams


1. Leave a comment telling me the dish that comes to mind when you hear “No taste like home”. It could be something your grandmother made, something your hometown is famous for, or maybe something that is a more recent discovery. Spill!


For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Win a copy of Southern Living’s No Taste Like Home cookbook from @betheats!” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Eat.Drink.Smile. on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)


Contest ends on Thursday, October 24th at 11 a.m. CDT. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!


Disclosure: I received one free review copy of Southern Living No Taste Like Home: A Celebration of Regional Southern Cooking and Hometown Flavor cookbook and another to host this giveaway.