This month we celebrate three authors, each nominated for the Southern Independent Booksellers Association book award in the cookbook category. Voted on by booksellers across the South, these are the books they’ve most enjoyed selling to customers.
All three of this year’s finalists having been previously mentioned in a 2013 issue of TLP! We’re glad to see readers have taken our “What to Read” suggestions to heart—and to the kitchen:
TLP past contributor and James Beard Award-winner John Currence has been nominated for his first cookbook Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey. “This delectable tome allows the author’s personality and delicious food to shine through in recipes such as fire-roasted cauliflower and pickled duck legs” (TLP October 2013). Earning “the distinguished title of Maître Boulanger in France’s prestigious artisan’s guild, Les Compagnons du Devoir, Lionel Vatinet trained with European master bakers.” Take his nominated cookbook, A Passion for Bread, into the kitchen to experiment with a few of the sixty-five recipes and get ready to understand the passion of a perfect crust and crumb” (TLP November 2013). Matt & Ted Lee have been nominated for their latest, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen. “We take every opportunity to incorporate foraged ingredients into our recipes, and our new book celebrates the thrills of backyard and sidewalk pickings: the citrus, the rosemary and figs, the pecans” state the brothers in Urban Foraging (TLP April 2013).
The winner will be announced July 4. With each chef representing a different corner of our Southern food scene, it’s a win-win for the South. And that’s worth celebrating.