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I have to admit right off the bat, I was skeptical about this new cookbook. I mean, really… it’s part of a series covering all of the 50 states. After seeing how our state has been represented in so many other publications, I didn’t have a lot of hope.

Then I started flipping through Eat and Explore Arkansas. And I realized that someone’s done their homework. It doesn’t contain every famed Arkansas recipe (nothing for devilled eggs, duck or anything involving muscadines). But there are recipes there for Possum Pie, for Chocolate Gravy, for PurpleHull Pea fritters, a couple of recipes for Tamale Pie, Coke Cake, Green Tomato Pie, Zucchini Bread… wow, there’s a lot of great recipes from all over the state in here.

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And then there are the recipes you may have searched for over the years — right here where you can find them The publishers have graciously allowed me to share three of those recipes… for the famed Cotham’s Green Tomatoes, the Chocolate Wine Balls recipe from the Eureka Springs Chocolate Lovers Festival — and the Cliff House Inn’s Company’s Coming Pie recipe. Enjoy them — on the jump. And pick up your copy and learn more about the cookbook at this website.