My parents were born and raised in New York. I was born in Summit, New Jersey. I grew up in a little place called Berkeley Heights, NJ. In other words, I am a North Easterner through and through. (Some would use the word “Yankee” to describe me.) Yes, I’m a northerner through and through and am happy to be back living in the Garden State.
There was, however, a time when this Yankee lived in the South. Yes, I went to college in North Carolina and I even joined a southern fraternity that was founded on “December 21, 1865, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.” It was then that I developed a taste for barbecue, grits and other southern foods. It is also why I took note when I saw a new book coming to the Kindle Store- “The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat in the South Before You Die (with a smile on your face”. I just KNEW I had to read it.
Then I saw the author, and I KNEW I had to write about it. Yes, the author of this yummy book is none other than our own Chris Chamberlain!!
Here’s the Amazon synopsis
You can make anything better simply by putting the word “Southern” in front of it. Southern hospitality. Southern culture. Southern rock. Southern football. Southern literature. Southern Living. Southern cooking.
The cuisine of the south is often referred to as “comfort food.” This is not only because it can fill you up when you are hungry or warm your belly on a cold day; the cooks who inhabit Southern kitchens genuinely seek to offer comfort to the lucky folks who share their repast. Love is the implied first ingredient in many favorite recipes. That’s why they are passed down from generation to generation scrawled on index cards, and saved in well-worn notebooks. In The Southern Foodie you will find recipes from one hundred chefs from across the south. Recipes like:
Tupelo Honey Cafe’s Sweet Potato Pancakes with Peach Butter and Spiced Pecans
Loveless Cafe’s Watermelon Ribs
Mr. B’s Bistro’s Bread Pudding with Irish Whiskey Sauce
Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches
29 South’s Sweet Tea Pork Chop with Ginger Blackberry Preserves
Elk River Inn and Restaurant’s Apple Cranberry Crumble Pie
What these chefs have in common is the desire to make people happy and the willingness to share their precious recipes with readers so that they can experience them themselves. All these talented chefs ask in return is that you share the results with someone you love.
Just reading it makes you hungry doesn’t it? Y’all can go pre-order it here. Congrats Chris, and good luck with the release!