Dallas County farmer featured in new cookbook

Published 9:19 am Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dallas County farmer Butch Wilson is featured in the new, awarding-winning Farming Feeds Alabama cookbook produced by the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Wilson raises catfish with his son, Travis, and son-in-law, Willard Powe, on their seventh-generation family farm near Browns. Wilson has been in the catfish industry since the mid-1980s.

The hardcover Farming Feeds Alabama cookbook features more than 200 recipes and 17 profiles on Alabama farmers representing the state’s top commodities. With exquisite food photography and a personal touch, the cookbook tells the stories of Alabama’s farmers and the food they grow. It covers six courses of recipes including appetizers, salads, soups, sides, entrees and desserts. The art of canning and preserving is outlined step-by-step to introduce a new generation to saving fresh produce.

The 242-page cookbook includes photographs of 50 dishes, and features something for every palate. The user-friendly index is divided by ingredient and offers more than 100 options to choose from.

cookbook_forwebFederation Communications Director Jeff Helms said the cookbook is a unique combination of stories and appealing recipes that makes the farm-to-table process come to life.

“Alabama is blessed with dedicated farmers, diverse agricultural crops and talented Southern cooks,” Helms said. “The Farming Feeds Alabama cookbook brings these elements together in an attractive package that tempts the taste buds and inspires learning. This book not only showcases recipes that capture farm-fresh flavors but also introduces readers to the men and women who grow our food and fiber.”

Cookbooks are available at FarmingFeedsAlabama.com for $25, plus tax. Federation members receive a $3 discount.