Here's a look at Top Chef Texas judge/unibrow connoisseur Hugh Acheson's new cookbook, A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen (buy on Amazon). "A new turn" is a good phrase for it: gone are the gingham tablecloths and canning jar tropes of many Southern cookbooks, and in their stead a less stuffy, more masculine aesthetic. Also: doodles, including one of the ever-a-good-sport Acheson sporting that forehead caterpillar.
Recipes are for the home cook and include the traditional (fried chicken, succotash) and riffs on Southern classics (a hummus made from boiled peanuts). A New Turn in the South comes out October 18 from Clarkson Potter.