Jack Daniels Cookbook: Stories and Kitchen Secrets from Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House

Jack DanielsA unique cookbook from a world-famous family

Living in a small town in Middle Tennessee, I am familiar with the even littler town of Lynchburg, home to the world famous Jack Daniel’s Distillery. I have gone on tour of the distillery several times; the history is intriguing and the tour guides are engaging. Near the distillery – which is not saying much as everything within Lynchburg is nearby – is Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House restaurant, operated by Lynne Tolley, the great-grandniece of Mr. Jack himself. In her newest book, Jack Daniels Cookbook: Stories and Kitchen Secrets from Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House, co-authored with Mindy Merell, Tolley shares recipes and stories of her family and their world-famous distillery and beverages.

Jack Daniels Cookbook: Stories and Kitchen Secrets from Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House
By Lynne Tolley and Mindy Merrell
(Thomas Nelson Publishers)

After a brief introduction to Jack Daniels and the distillery, the authors share recipes and tips on some of the dishes from Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House restaurant. The chapters are organized to take readers from Cocktails, Cocktail Snacks, Breads and Brunch, Salads, Vegetables and Sides, Dinner, Barbeque and Grilling, Sweets, Relishes and Extras..

In the chapter on cocktails, there are a slew of recipes for beverages such as “Tennessee Honey Royale,” “Cool Jack Apple Mint Tea,” and “Hula Jack.” It’s not surprising that an ingredient for each of these beverages includes one of Jack Daniel’s brews.

The rest of the book includes recipes for other Southern staples such as hot wings, deviled eggs, okra, grits, black-eyed peas and fried chicken, steaks, meatloaf, burgers, barbeque, pot roast, biscuits, corn bread, hush puppies, relishes, salads, coffee cake, and apple dumplings. Almost a primer for Southern dishes, these recipes are easy to follow and many of the ingredients can be found in most kitchens. Beyond the collection of 200 recipes, the book includes tips on cooking, canning, frying and grilling.

Included throughout the book are full-colored pictures and stories about Lynchburg, the people, and the distillery. Jack Daniel’s Cookbook: Stories and Kitchen Secrets from Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House would make a great addition to any cookbook collection and reading it is almost as enjoyable as visiting Lynchburg in person.