Friday, September 27, 2013

"Biscuits" and "Bourbon" at Park Road Books on Sunday

It's always a little awkward making your own book announcements. So I'll make this brief:

If you're free on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., come by Park Road Books in Park Road Shopping Center (Woodlawn and Park Road) for a "Savor the South" cookbook signing.

Belinda Ellis, the co-publisher (with her husband, Fred Thompson) of the magazine Edible Piedmont will be there with her book, "Biscuits," while I'll be there with my second book in the series, "Bourbon." ("Pecans" came out last fall).

"Savor the South" is a series from UNC Press. Each book covers a single ingredient or occasion in Southern cooking, biscuits to barbecue. There are now six books in the series: "Buttermilk," by Debbie Moose; "Pecans" and "Bourbon," by me; "Peaches," by Kelly Alexander; "Tomatoes," by Miriam Rubin; and "Biscuits."

Each book includes about 50 recipes and a chunk of information on the ingredient, and each is less than $20. For "Bourbon," I spent time in Kentucky prowling around distilleries and rickhouses to learn the ins and outs of bourbon-making. The recipes are about a third cocktails and two-thirds dishes, from appetizers and main dishes to desserts.

"Savor the South" has gotten such an enthusiastic reception that the original plan, for 14 books, has been bumped up to 24 books. I'm only doing two, but there is an amazing list of authors who have books coming out in the next few years, including Andrea Weigl (pickles and preserves), Crooks Corner chef Bill Smith (blue crabs and oysters), John Shelton Reed (barbecue) and Virginia Willis (okra). I'm so proud to be part of such illustrious company.

Come by Sunday, say hello and support Park Road Books, a great independent bookstore.


Joanne R. said...