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Florida Cracker Life

What cracker is this same that deafs our ears with this abundance of superfluous breath? –William Shakespeare, King John, Act II, Scene 1, 1594

 The Cracker Kitchen: A Cookbook in Celebration of Cornbread-fed, Down-home Family Stories and Cuisine

The Cracker Kitchen: A Cookbook in Celebration of Cornbread-fed, Down-home Family Stories and Cuisine
by Janis Owens


This is not just another cookbook…it’s a charming, irresistible celebration of family, storytelling, and good old-fashioned eating. With 150 recipes from over twenty different seasonal menus, The Cracker Kitchen offers a full year's worth of eating and rejoicing: from spring's Easter Dinner to summer's Fish Frys, fall's Tailgate Parties, and winter's In Celebration of Soul, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Before you leave, be sure to try the Cracklin’ Cornbread!

 Cracker Times and Pioneer Lives: The Florida Reminiscences of George Gillett Keen and Sarah Pamela Williams

Cracker Times and Pioneer Lives: The Florida Reminiscences of George Gillett Keen and Sarah Pamela Williams
by George Gillett Keen


This wonderful story collection brings together the reminiscences of two pioneers who came of age in antebellum Florida's Columbia County and the nearby Suwannee River Valley. Though they held markedly different positions in society, they shared the adventure, thrill, hardship, and tragedy that characterized Florida's Pioneer era. With sensitivity, poignancy, and humor, Keen and Williams record anecdotes and memories that touch upon important themes of frontier life and reveal the remarkable diversity of Florida's settlers.

 Cracker: The Cracker Culture in Florida History

Cracker: The Cracker Culture in Florida History
by Dana Ste. Claire


Dana Ste. Claire offers an entertaining, informative look at a slice of old Florida culture. Cracker is a generously illustrated account of Cracker heritage, its rich history, and its disappearance as today’s fast-paced society reaches even into the remote backwoods of the state. From the language they spoke to the houses they built, from clandestine moonshine stills and cow hunting to “grits and gravy,” Dana Ste. Claire offers a colorful and revealing tour of Crackerdom.

 The Creek

The Creek
by J. T Glisson


J. T. Glisson, a gifted artist and writer, lives in Evingston, FL, a small town near Cross Creek. As a young man, J. T. was a confidante and protégé of his neighbor, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who encouraged him to write and draw. J. T. was profoundly influenced by his family and Rawlings. Glisson has captured his childhood adventures in his first book, The Creek, an intimate view of a special place in America.

 Cross Creek

Cross Creek
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings


Transport yourself to Cross Creek, a bend in a country road, by land, and the flowing of Lochloosa Lake into Orange Lake, by water. Cross Creek offers a certain remoteness from urban confusion and offers it with beauty and grace. Here is the story of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's experiences in the remote Florida hamlet of Cross Creek, where she lived for thirteen years. Cross Creek is one of the finest memoirs ever written!

 Cross Creek Cookery

Cross Creek Cookery
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings


First published in 1942, this cookbook was compiled by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the request of readers who wanted to recreate the luscious meals described in her memoir, Cross Creek. This cookbook is chock full of menus and recipes, all spiced with delightful anecdotes and lore. Anyone who longs for food—and writing—that warms the heart will find ample portions of both in this classic cookbook. Be sure to try the camp dinner swamp cabbage and corn pone!

 Guns of the Palmetto Plains: A Cracker Western

Guns of the Palmetto Plains: A Cracker Western
by Rick Tonyan


Rick Tonyan tells the story of the last agonizing years of the Civil War. Cattle from the Florida plains are needed to save a desperate South from starvation. Tree Hooker, a Confederate soldier takes on the job of driving the herds. Union Major Dan Greenley pledges to stop the cattle drives no matter what it takes. Doris Brava, a young widow surviving on her own in Yankee-occupied St. Augustine, finds hope and love. Lots of crackling action and authentic historical details!

 Homegrown in Florida

Homegrown in Florida
by William McKeen


During a recent reunion, writers Bill McKeen, Tim Dorsey, and Jeff Klinkenberg found themselves lamenting that so many of their childhood memories were fading away. For them, and for many, Florida is not just a place people go to; it’s where they come from. That can mean many things to many people, as the stellar cast of writers, journalists, and musicians eloquently reveal in Homegrown in Florida. This utterly satisfying and powerful anthology aims at the heart of the glories of childhood and the pain of growing up. This book features contributions from Carl Hiaasen, Tom Petty, Zora Neale Hurston, Michael Connelly, and many more and is a book for every child of old Florida and every child at heart.

 A Land Remembered

A Land Remembered
by Patrick D Smith


Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family battling the hardships of the frontier. Step back in time to 1858 and get ready to be swept into a story rich in Florida history with a cast of memorable characters battling wild animals, rustlers, Confederate deserters, mosquitoes, starvation, hurricanes, and freezes to carve a kingdom out the Florida swamp. As you follow the MacIvey generations, you will see our state as it was then and understand better how it came to be as we know it today.

 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: and the Florida Crackers

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: and the Florida Crackers
by Sandra Wallus Sammons


Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was fascinated by the "Crackers" living near her home in north central Florida. She wrote and told wonderful stories and helped people around the world know Cross Creek, the Big Scrub, and the Florida Crackers. The writings of Rawlings celebrate the lives of the fascinating people she met in Florida.

 Ninety-Mile Prairie

Ninety-Mile Prairie
by Lee Gramling


Wild beasts and poisonous reptiles are not the only predators Peek Tillman must face as he herds cattle across the Florida wilderness. There are also human predators-- a young married woman, her archeologist husband, both from the northeast and greedy outlaws. Joined by Chekita Joe, Tillman sets out to rescue the Yankees from what he believes is a doomed expedition. Ninety-Mile Prairie is part of the series, Cracker Westerns, by Lee Gramling.

 Tellable Cracker Tales Tellable Cracker Tales

by Annette J. Bruce


In this collection of stories from Florida’s rich folklore heritage, Annette Bruce carries on the tradition of storytellers throughout the ages. The stories will entertain as well as instruct, and all are chock-full of colorful characters. Open this book anywhere for a delicious storytelling snack that will be appreciated by any listener.

 Tropic of Cracker Tropic of Cracker

by Al Burt


In his years of roving the state as a Miami Herald columnist, Al Burt mapped Florida’s Tropic of Cracker, not with lines of latitude and longitude but with stories. The Crackers Burt tells of are men and women from Apalachicola to the Everglades, from Tallahassee to the Keys who lived in the late 1800s. For anyone who loves the old Florida and still has hope for the new one, Tropic of Cracker is the state’s truest road map and Al Burt its most eloquent cartographer.

 Uncle Monday and Other Florida Tales Uncle Monday and Other Florida Tales

by Kristin G Congdon


This collection represents a cross-section of Florida’s ethnic diversity. It captures the way Florida has been shaped by its unique environment and inhabitants. In these tales Florida is a world full of magic, humor, and adventure. Kitty Kitson Petterson’s fascinating pen-and-ink drawings illustrate each narrative.

 Wiregrass Country: A Florida Pioneer Story

Wiregrass Country: A Florida Pioneer Story
by Herb Chapman


It is 1835 in the rugged frontier of the Florida Territory - known as "wiregrass country" from the wild grass found there. Treff Ballowe and his adopted family, the Dovers, are struggling to keep Three Springs Ranch thriving under threat of rustlers and renegade Indians. Ace and Amaly Dover moved to Florida in 1816 and managed to withstand the subtropical weather, insects, and wild animals to accumulate a large herd of beef cattle. Now the family is being further tested as another Seminole War is brewing, and outlaws are on the rise.

 

 

 

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