The Southern Sympathy Cookbook

I'm P.C., and I have studied food and cooking around the world, mostly by eating, but also through serious study. Coursework at Le Cordon Bleu London and intensive courses in Morocco, Thailand and France have broadened my culinary skill and palate. But my kitchen of choice is at home, cooking like most people, experimenting with unique but practical ideas.

I live, mostly in my kitchen, in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Ham and Parsley Pie

The English have a way with meat pies (no Sweeney Todd jokes, please) and lovely shops and street vendors sell an astounding variety, from chicken with tarragon to beef and kidney with stout, even some amazing vegetarian options. One of these popular meat pie purveyors is a regular stop for me in London and […]

Potato Kielbasa Chowder with Gouda and Dill

Potato Kielbasa Chowder with Gouda and Dill


Mustard Bacon Potato Salad

There is perhaps no better accompaniment to a summer barbecue or picnic than a good potato salad.  But there are a lot of bad potato salads out there.  And I have never been a huge fan of mayonnaise-only potato salads.  To me, they tend to be heavy and gloopy and no one wants to eat one […]

Garlic Goddess Potato Salad


Champ: Irish Mashed Potatoes with Green Onion


Vichyssoise (Cold Leek and Potato Soup)




In Memphis, in the summer (and the spring and the fall), it is hot.  Devil-hot. Over 100 degrees most days with high, high humidity.  When you open the door first thing in the morning, it’s like walking into a wall of cotton candy.  Hot, thick air that surrounds you.  […]