By Elizabeth Bonner
Photography by Helene Dujardin
Raised on a family farm outside Bowdon, Georgia, Robyn Stone learned from an early age that some of the finest meals come from freshly grown ingredients, transformed into old-fashioned delights. Drawn to heirloom recipes from seven generations of Southern cooks in her family, Robyn found herself reimagining these classics to create lighter, more streamlined versions better suited to modern lifestyles. She began a blog, Add A Pinch, to record her growing collection of recipes and the memories behind them, but, once discovered, the site quickly became more than a personal database, attracting a following of others inspired by this novel take on Southern cooking.
Now, Robyn is bringing the best of her blog to its namesake cookbook, Add a Pinch, filled with more than 100 innovative dishes grounded in beloved Southern flavors and techniques. Employing her family as taste testers, she compiled a lineup of go-to favorites and new spins on traditional fare, with chapters that range from Starters & Snacks to Sweet Endings and special extras in a section called Southern Pantry.
“I knew I wanted the cookbook to include classics I’ve updated and new recipes that are easier and more approachable for today’s busy families,” Robyn explains. “Each is deliciously Southern but has a modern twist, while keeping its roots.”
Some recipes are distinctly regional, such as Grandmother Earlene’s Creamed Corn, Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and Mimi’s Pecan Pie. Other conceptions range from Oven-Fried Green Tomato Caprese Stacks and Chicken and Snap Pea Skewers to Strawberry Shortcakes with Sweet Cream Cheese Biscuits and a convenient Sweet Tea Concentrate.