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The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today’s Cook. By Deirdre A. Scaggs and Andrew W. McGraw. Foreword by John Van Willigen. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2013. Pp. 192. $29.95 cloth)

Deirdre Scaggs and Andrew W. McGraw collected and prepared recipes from the special collections of the University of Kentucky Libraries after finding a long, untitled recipe in a folder of a collection they processed. They did not alter the recipes (unless an ingredient was no longer available), but updated cooking processes for modern kitchens. The book chapters are divided by the types of dishes (eggs and cheese, bread and biscuits, main dishes, etc), and each recipe comes with helpful hints from the authors and a brief note on the consistency of the dishes. The recipes span the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries and include favorites from some of the most prominent Kentucky families, including John Sherman Cooper’s beaten biscuits and Lucy Hayes Breckinridge’s baked fish.

Controversy and Hope: The Civil Rights Photographs of James Karales. Edited by Julian Cox with Rebekah Jacob and Monica Karales. Foreword by Andrew Young. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2013. Pp. 176. $39.95 cloth; $24.95 paper)

Photographers played a significant role in expanding the reach of the civil rights movement beyond Southern cities and towns. James Karales’s photographs, featured in Life magazine throughout the 1960s, are examples of the power simple black-and-white photographs had on a changing nation. This collection, thoughtfully edited and with a powerful foreword by movement veteran Andrew [End Page 171] Young, brings Karales’s work to the forefront by publishing many never-before-seen photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Selma-to-Birmingham march. The photographs provide the emotion, everyday experiences, and strength of men and women throughout the South, who worked tirelessly to change the nation. A strong addition to other movement photograph collections, Controversy and Hope is especially valuable to educators seeking new images for their classrooms.

Seeking the Historical Cook: Exploring Eighteenth-Century Southern Foodways. By Kay K. Moss. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2013. Pp. 288. $49.95 cloth; $24.95 paper)

Part cookbook, part historical narrative, and part trade manual, Seeking the Historical Cook explores eighteenth- and nineteenth-century recipes and food-preparation techniques for modern cooks. Kay K. Moss, through years of experimentation and teaching at Schiele Museum in Gastonia, North Carolina, presents recipes, line drawings, and discussions of early American kitchen traditions to enlighten adventurous cooks and self-proclaimed “foodies” on the ways of early Southern cooks. Moss provides easy-to-follow directions and thoughtful commentary on ways to modernize traditional dishes for meals large or small.

March, Book One. By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. (Marietta, Ga.: Top Shelf Publications, 2013. Pp. 126. $14.95 paper; $9.99 ebook)

Congressman John Lewis participated in and helped facilitate some of the most important civil rights actions of the twentieth century. His newest work, in collaboration with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, is a three-part graphic novel about his life and [End Page 172] activism. March, Book One tells the early part of Lewis’s life, from his rural upbringing on a farm outside Troy, Alabama, through the 1960 desegregation of Nashville lunch counters and the formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). The book is narrated by Lewis, as he tells his life story to visitors to his congressional office on the morning of President Barack Obama’s first inaugural. The story unfolds as a series of questions and answers, drawing attention to Lewis’s own connections to the momentous occasion he is about attend. It ends, rather abruptly, on April 19, 1960, as Nashville lunch counters were desegregated. March, Book One and the subsequent publications are adaptable to middle school, high school, and introductory college classrooms. The artwork and narration are easy to follow and engaging, and should be used alongside more traditional scholarship and primary sources to help students understand the civil rights movement. [End Page 173]

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