For nearly two decades, Dairy Hollow House—a country inn and restaurant tucked into the Ozark Mountain resort town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas—welcomed guests from all over the world. Praised by the New York Times, Southern Living, Bon Appetit, and Good Morning America alike, the much-loved inn offered sparklingly fresh, innovative “nouveau’zarks” cuisine—respectful contemporary interpretations of local traditional cooking infused with seasonal ingredients. Although the famed inn is now closed, you can still enjoy the satisfying and life-affirming dishes by the James Beard Award–winning writer/restaurateur Crescent Dragonwagon in this thirtieth-anniversary edition of Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread, a story rich cookbook as gutsy and distinctive as a steaming bowl of Gumbo Zeb.
Crescent Dragonwagon is the author of more than fifty books across five different genres. A workshop leader, speaker, and former innkeeper and restaurateur, she is also cofounder of the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Find more recipes and goings-on at dragonwagon.com, where you can subscribe to Dragonwagon’s blogs, Nothing Is Wasted on the Writer and Deep Feast.
“This reissue of the iconic, thirty-year-old Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread is a boon to a new generation of cooks and readers. Dragonwagon is a magical author: not only do her recipes sing with flavor; her storytelling enlivens every single page. Soup and bread in her capable hands create all the right magic for the body and soul.”
—Raghavan Iyer, author of 660 Curries
“I love the food, the stories, and the passion so apparent in Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread. My only regret is that I didn’t discover the book when it first came out. I have no doubt that I’d be a better cook and host if I’d grown up with a copy, but now I am happily making up for lost time. This is a terrific book.”
—Steve Sando, founder of Rancho Gordo
“One of my all-time favorite cookbooks. Crescent’s wit and wisdom shine through, and the recipes are as timely and delicious today as they were when I first cooked them.”
—Nathalie Dupree, coauthor of Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking
“Brilliant in its simplicity. A prime example of what a talented cook can do given a firm sense of place and a feel for its products.”
“Crescent Dragonwagon is the Alice Waters of the Ozarks . . . turning out a nightly stream of creations wherein the best of country and city converge.”