From Delia Owens:
Cooking is a huge part of Kya’s life in this novel. The reader gets to hear about all of the meals she makes for herself because she has to learn to cook and become independent at an incredibly young age. These recipes are some of her favorites and are a part of her family history!
Ma’s Breakfast Corn Fritters with Scrambled Eggs, Tomatoes, and Cane Syrup
Pa’s Hush Puppies (recipe below)
Kya’s Mussels and Grits
Po Man’s Turnips
Old Fashion Chicken Pie (Kya’s favorite)
All recipes can be found in Delia Owens’s Where the Crawdads Sing Book Club Kit
Food pairing ideas from book clubs
These crunchy-on-the-outside, tender-in-the-middle corn fritters are referenced in Delia Owens's WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING.
1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sweet onions, chopped
Mix all ingredients with enough buttermilk to make a very thick batter. Let stand about 10 minutes. Drop batter from serving spoon into fresh hot oil. When they are floating and brown on the bottom, turn them. Cook until golden brown on all sides.
To improve on Pa's recipe use self-rising white cornmeal, Vidalia onions, and fry in fresh oil at 350°F.