What is Miranda Whitcomb Pontes’ favorite cookbook?
The Cotton Country Collection [by the Junior League of Monroe, Louisiana] is probably my favorite cookbook. It has a recipe for gumbo that is the real deal. In fact, it suggests you take two days to cook it. Day one you chop. Day two you compose, and it requires you to be in a good mood to make a good roux. And that’s the truth! Cotton Country has been passed on to me from my grandmother and mother — that’s my Southern roots.
And then I need to embrace Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything, because it’s on my level. It’s just the basics. It taught me how to make the perfect, most simple crab cake and roasted chicken.