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New Cookbook features recipes of the feuding Hatfields
By Michael Williams

hatfield mccoys cookbookJack Hatfield is now promoting his new cookbook featuring recipes of his famous family. The book is filled with great recipes and gives readers a glimpse into the cuisine of the mountain people of Appalachia.

Jack Hatfield sat in the lobby of the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge answering questions about his infamous family. Invariably, the question arose of how he was related to the bunch to which he would reply “I am the great-great grandson of the Devil himself,” Hatfield was referring to his ancestor Anderson "Devil Ans" Hatfield. Jack was signing copies of his new cookbook Eatin' with the Hatfields, mouth waterin', finger lickin', knee slappin', home cookin' good!

Last year Hatfield's grandmother died, and he later discovered a treasure trove of as many as 3,000 family recipes dating back well before the famous feud with the McCoy family broke out. The book includes many Southern favorites and a few wild game recipes that were popular on the frontier and in isolated areas such as the mountainous region where the Hatfields made their home. Some of the wild game recipes call for ingredients that may be hard to acquire such as rattlesnake and bear. But the recipes for fried squirrel, bear stew, squirrel soup, deer burgers, and fried rattlesnake give the reader an idea of what it was like to live off the land when a man had to hunt for his food.

Many of the recipes are more widely known and much more common to Southern tastes such as chicken parmesan, chicken and dumplings, sweet ‘tater casserole, lemon ice box pie, pound cake, sausage gravy and biscuits, pumpkin bread and many others. The book also provides some ideas on making common household cleansers such as window cleaner, using kerosene and water, and homemade soap using ammonia, borax and lard. Other recipes for household products include tick repellent, play dough and hillbilly drain cleaner.

The book is written in a folksy vernacular providing not only a glimpse into mountain cuisine but a humorous look at the Southern dialect. The final chapter of the book is a collection of southern words and expressions such as the word "young'uns" which is translated to young ones and other colorful words commonly heard around the South such as doo-hickey, stoved up, walla go and many other expressions.

The collection of recipes include desserts, gravies, various meat products, vegetables, fudges and fruits as well as beverages and no there are no recipes for moonshine. Of course no southern cookbook would be complete without recipes for barbecue and Hatfield provides some wonderful recipes that would sate the heartiest appetite of barbecue afficianados.

The book is an interesting and informative. The book would make a great gift for the person that likes to cook. This book would enable the cook to make the same dinners served to the feudin' Hatfields more than a century ago. The book provides great recipes while preserve the history and heritage of mountain culture. The book is available at the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater and on or at Hatfield's website Jack Hatfield can be contacted by e-mail at

Published May 28, 2016

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