The award-winning food writer shares more than 150 Southern recipes from hush puppies to crab cakes and 10 different ways to make fried chicken. Fried food is the soul of Southern cooking, and in Southern Fried, James Villas delves into that rich history and culture with recipes from a variety of Southern culinary traditions including Creole, lowcountry, Appalachian, and more. Filled with gorgeous color photos, this volume is sure to tempt even health food fanatics with its crispy, crunchy delights. Different chapters feature eggs and cheese, seafood, breads, and Southern staples like grits, rice, and potatoes. Today’s deep fryers make frying easier and healthier than ever, and Villas’s expertly written recipes like Sassy Shrimp Puffs, Georgia Bacon and Eggs with Hominy, Country Fried Steak, Turkey Hash Cakes, and Rosemary Pork Chops will ensure perfect results. While this may not be diet food, Villas demonstrates how to fry safer and healthier without sacrificing flavor.