Do it up, Southeastern Conference style

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2D

It's tailgating time, and Oxmoor House Publishing has scored big with its recent release of "Southern Living: The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook." The book provides an informative look at every Southeastern Conference campus (complete with color photos) – including recently added Texas A&M and Missouri. Each section includes a list of places to dine and historic places to visit, as well as school traditions.

Am I the only one unaware that Texas A&M does not have cheerleaders? Instead, it has a five-member squad of male "Yell Leaders" appointed by the student body. It also has the nation's largest military marching band.

At Louisiana State University, mascot Mike, the Siberian-Bengal tiger, lives in a plush enclosure next door to the Baton Rouge stadium. Before kickoff of each home game, Mike is wheeled around Tiger Stadium in a custom-built trailer.

But that's not all the 256-page, soft-bound book includes.

There's also a "Tailgating Food Safety Playbook" that offers tips on safely storing and transporting foods; instructions on how to prepare a grill; and "The Ten Commandments of College Football Fandom."

Those include commandments such as "Thou shalt stay through the fourth quarter, rain or shine," and "Thou shalt support the coach."

The book features more than 150 tasty recipes, from Tennessee's Rocky Top popcorn (recipe on this page) to Alabama's Roll Tide breakfast roll.

There are eight categories: Countdown to Kickoff (food safety, etc.); Early Morning Warmups (breakfast and brunch items); Cheers (sweet tea, lemonades and spritzers); Crunchtime (appetizers); Best Bowls (soups, chilis and stews); Hot Prospects (grill recipes); Sideline favorites (side dishes); and The Sugar Bowl (desserts).

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