I was graciously invited to join in on one of the best dinner party ideas I have ever been a part of. A group of cool foodie folks that I have been fortunate to get to know have decided that they were all loving Hugh Acheson's cookbook "A New Turn in the South" and that they wanted to make their way through the book by basing dinner parties around it. With everyone bringing one or two of the dishes from the book, you get to try out more than if you were making them on your own. It is also an added bonus to get to hang out and eat fabulous food together! Although I was told to just show up this first time, I have a hard time showing up somewhere empty-handed. So, I hopped on over to the bookstore and got my own copy. This is turning out to be one of the best cookbooks I now own. I love a cookbook and I especially love one that is either Southern focused, or is based around simple and solid ways to prepare food. This is both, with a little edge. And it doesn't hurt that it is graphically inspiring with its handwritten notes all over the pages, and lovely snapshot-style photographs guiding you through.