Did you know that today is buttermilk biscuit day? Because I sure didn’t. Do you ever stumble upon random information or facts and get weirdly inspired? I love buttermilk biscuits. They weren’t something we really had in England (I don’t think), scones are probably the closest thing (though not the same). I didn’t have my first buttermilk biscuit until I moved to Canada. There were lots of foods I had never eaten until I moved here actually.
Poutine – I had heard of some places where chips and gravy were a thing (but that was completely weird to me) – turns out, I do love poutine.
Maple syrup – I grew up with golden syrup and treacle (I never liked the black molasses kind though), and to be honest, I’m still not a fan of anything maple flavoured.
Grape flavour – speaking of maple flavour, I also don’t like anything that is grape flavoured. I like actual grapes, but grape flavour is not for me. When I left England, the purple skittles were blackcurrant flavour, when I arrived in Canada they were grape. That was disappointing!
To celebrate buttermilk biscuit day, I thought it might be cool to share a list of buttermilk inspired books.
Buttermilk Graffiti – Edward Lee
American food is the story of mash-ups. Immigrants arrive, cultures collide, and out of the push-pull come exciting new dishes and flavors. But for Edward Lee, who, like Anthony Bourdain or Gabrielle Hamilton, is as much a writer as he is a chef, that first surprising bite is just the beginning. What about the people behind the food? What about the traditions, the innovations, the memories?
A natural-born storyteller, Lee decided to hit the road and spent two years uncovering fascinating narratives from every corner of the country. There’s a Cambodian couple in Lowell, Massachusetts, and their efforts to re-create the flavors of their lost country. A Uyghur café in New York’s Brighton Beach serves a noodle soup that seems so very familiar and yet so very exotic—one unexpected ingredient opens a window onto an entirely unique culture. A beignet from Café du Monde in New Orleans, as potent as Proust’s madeleine, inspires a narrative that tunnels through time, back to the first Creole cooks, then forward to a Korean rice-flour hoedduck and a beignet dusted with matcha.
Sixteen adventures, sixteen vibrant new chapters in the great evolving story of American cuisine. And forty recipes, created by Lee, that bring these new dishes into our own kitchens.
I Have A Bed Made Of Buttermilk Pancakes – Jaclyn Moriarty
The Zing family lives in a misguided world of spell books, flying beach umbrellas, and state-of-the-art covert surveillance equipment. There’s a slippery Zing, a graceful Zing, and a Zing who runs as fast as a bus. But most significant of all, there’s the Zing Family Secret: so immense that it draws the family to the garden shed for meetings every Friday night. I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes is an entirely new universe unto itself. The story passes among five female characters — Fancy, Marbie, Cassie, Listen, and Cath — all of whom are closely connected, as they — and we — come to discover. The two youngest heroines, Listen and Cassie, shoulder the biggest role in piecing together the mystery that saves everyone in the end.
Buttermilk – Angie Mosier
Once a staple of American dinner tables, this delightfully tangy dairy has spent too much time pigeonholed by pancake recipes in recent years. This edition will free buttermilk from its chains with recipes that show just how versatile and downright awesome it can be.
The Buttermilk Biscuit Boy – Amanda Nelson
Yee-haw! It’s breakfast time! It’s a laugh on every page when two cowboys try to make breakfast and instead make a buttermilk biscuit that comes alive! The buttermilk biscuit boy is sure he can outrun the cowpokes and takes off like a shot. They are joined by hungry pigs, cows, ponies, and a wily coyote as they pursue the smug pastry through pastures far and wide. When they come to a wide canal, it looks like the buttermilk biscuit boy might be stuck with no way out. Will he escape the famished, grumpy group? Or will his plans melt like hot butter on a crumbly biscuit? This spunky country twist on the classic tale and bright, playful illustrations will delight readers of all ages.
The Cajun Cornbread Boy And The Buttermilk Biscuit Girl – Dianne de Las Casas
In a spicy and sweet sequel to her best-selling book, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, author Dianne de Las Casas brings to life a new friend for the Cornbread Boy–the sticky sweet Buttermilk Biscuit Girl. With her pecan eyes, blueberry nose, candied orange mouth, and a swirl of strawberry perserves for hair, she looks sweet enough to eat! When the two of them run off together to avoid being eaten their adventures echo the classic Southern tale. All’s well that ends well with lots of little Cajun Buttermilk Drops and a recipe to bake up a batch for hungry readers! Illustrator Marita Gentry reprises her charming illustrations for this delightful leap into another adapted folktale.
Buttermilk – Stephen Cosgrove
To little Buttermilk bunny, everything she sees on the way home through the dark forest is scary. Her father shows her that during the daylight, things aren’t always what they seem.
Buttermilk Bear – Stephen Cosgrove
A bunny and a bear want to be friends but each set of parents is prejudiced against the other animal group.
Big Hair & Buttermilk Pie – Lori Stacy
Mandy Hemphill is living her dream, running the successful Rose Cottage Cafe in Orchardville, Texas, from the ground floor of a converted, old—and possibly haunted—downtown home. She even had plans to grow her business with a new outdoor patio…if only the mayor wouldn’t have turned her down.
So when the beloved mayor is found murdered, Mandy finds herself among the suspects. And now business at the cafe is dropping faster than a fallen soufflé. How can she prove her innocence and save the Rose Cottage Cafe?
Thankfully Ben, the new owner of The Orchardville Gazette, doesn’t believe she’s guilty. As the two of them set out to find the real killer, they uncover one small-town lie after the next. But the closer they get to learning the truth about who killed the mayor, the more in danger they find themselves.
Murder With Honey Ham Biscuits – A.L. Herbert
As the owner of Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, Halia Watkins is famous in Maryland’s Prince George’s County for her down-home cuisine. But when she has the chance to showcase her talents on national TV, she becomes the star of a murder mystery that’s too hot to handle!When Halia is invited to serve as a guest judge on the popular cooking competition show Elite Chef, she’s delighted to add some extra flavor to the mix. But as filming ramps up in Washington D.C., there are too many fiery personalities in the kitchen. Halia discovers that pulling off her small screen debut unscathed means contending with a longtime competing restaurant owner, an infamously crass hospitality mogul, and a group of cutthroat contestants vying for culinary glory.
The competition sizzles with only a few finalists left standing–and goes cold when the gorgeous young frontrunner is found dead. As murder accusations are slathered over a recently eliminated contestant, Halia, with some bungling assistance from her wise-cracking cousin Wavonne slides into an investigation of their own. A little snooping reveals the victim burned lots of bridges, leaving a slew of alleged affairs and stolen recipes in her wake. With a fast-rising list of potential suspects, Halia must sort through mindboggling clues to fry the flaky culprit before someone else gets baked to a crisp.
Biscuits And Slashed Browns – Maddie Day
For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana–until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . .
As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans ‘N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes–and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur’s knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer?
Have you read any of these books? Any on your To Be Read lists? Let me know your thoughts!