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Author: Rick Bragg Narrator: Rick Bragg Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9780525588658
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From the beloved, best-selling author of All Over but the Shoutin', a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, to his mother.

Margaret Bragg does not own a single cookbook. She measures in "dabs" and "smidgens" and "tads" and "you know, hon, just some." She cannot be pinned down on how long to bake corn bread ("about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the mysteries of your oven"). Her notion of farm-to-table is a flatbed truck. But she can tell you the secrets to perfect mashed potatoes, corn pudding, redeye gravy, pinto beans and hambone, stewed cabbage, short ribs, chicken and dressing, biscuits and butter rolls. The irresistible stories in this audiobook are of long memory -- many of them pre-date the Civil War, handed down skillet by skillet, from one generation of Braggs to the next. In The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg finally preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother's cooking and education, from childhood into old age. Because good food always has a good story, and a recipe, writes Bragg, is a story like anything else. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Wonderful, rollicking, poignant, sometimes hilarious tales about how generations of Bragg’s extended family survived from one meal to the next. USA Today (four stars)
  • This book is a tribute, a monument, to his mother and her people, captured here in solid recipes for good food... All the stories in this book... gleam with a special luster; they’ve been polished by time, and no one is meant to get hung up on the details. The Wall Street Journal
  • A beautifully written memoir... For readers who crave soul with their recipes this is a fitting tribute to foodways that are fast escaping. Library Journal (starred review)
  • "Bragg’s entertaining memoir is a testament that cooking and food still bind culture together. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • "Heartfelt, often hilarious stories from an Alabama kitchen, a place from which issue wondrous remembrances and wondrous foods alike...Affectionate, funny, and beautifully written: a book for every fan of real food. Kirkus (starred review)
  • "His prose evokes the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural Alabama kitchen and transforms apparent poverty into soul-satisfying plenty.
    (starred review)
  • "Marvelous... uproarious...These stories shimmer and shine, casting a Southern spell with Bragg’s gorgeous prose... The Best Cook in the World is Julia Child by way of the Hatfields and McCoys. Margaret Bragg can cook up a storm, while Rick Bragg writes with a powerful, page-turning punch. The result is unimaginably delectable.

    "Rick Bragg serves up a feast of love... [A] love song to the woman who raised him and who has been his greatest muse.
  • "Bragg is a soulful storyteller, a reporter with a poet’s eye, and an appreciative diner. Most of all – here, as with earlier family memoirs – he’s a ferociously devoted son... Bragg has a bone-deep empathy for people who endure hard times, and leverages that understanding to share even second-hand stories. The Christian Science Monitor
  • "If you let it work its culinary magic, The Best Cook in the World will probably transport you to Alabama...New York, L.A., San Francisco, and Parisian gourmets and gourmands will find a lot to enjoy in The Best Cook in the World. They may want to surrender their beloved palates at least for a meal or two and savor Rich Bragg’s amazing culinary world.
    New York Journal of Books
  • "Readers of this book will learn about Bragg’s mother’s kitchen, of course, but also about what makes food good, and what role food can play in a family and in a culture. Just thinking about this book is making us hungry. Bookish
  • The beloved author of All Over but the Shoutin’ has written a loving tribute to his mother, the South, stories, tradition, and a disappearing way of life.
    Saturday Evening Post
  • “Rick Bragg is such a charismatic narrator that even if you’ve already read the print version of this family friendly audiobook, you should still listen to it on your summer car trip…You’ll wish you were sitting down to a plate of fried green tomatoes with red-eyed gravy as he describes his mother’s and grandmother’s cooking in a low, slow Southern drawl. Sometimes he even sings, which is just icing on this slice of Americana.”

    Christian Science Monitor (audio review)

  • “In a Southern drawl, Bragg offers up a memoir that’s wrapped around recipes and the stories they’re rooted in. Describing a long family history of preparing the ultimate slow food requires an unhurried narration and many side journeys, so this audiobook is not for the impatient…Listening to the recipes is itself entertaining; Bragg fully captures his mom’s colorful directions and commentary…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Christian Science Monitor selection of Audiobooks Telling a Personal Story
  • Finalist for the 2018 Southern Book Prize for Nonfiction

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About the Author

Rick Bragg is the author of several New York Times bestselling books. As a feature writer for the New York Times, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for his “elegantly written stories about contemporary America.” He divides his time between New Orleans and his native Alabama.