Nationally celebrated chef-author-restaurateur Robert St. John (Hattiesburg, Miss.) has just debuted his ninth cookbook,†An†Italian†Palate that features the luminous watercolors of Wyatt Waters as illustration.†The cookbookdocuments their ten-week sojourn throughout Italy with St. Johnís family and recipes from their unexpected, unabashed love affair with the country. The recipes themselves are a generous offering of St. Johnís favorites from a cuisine he finds enchanting in its simplicity.
A Bird's Eye View of Kiawah is a coffee table book with a stunning collection of images from one of the Lowcountry's most picturesque barrier islands. Award winning photographer Jason Stemple and author-designer Karen Bacot collaborated a treasure trove of nature photos from the surf, on the wing, from the links, from the marsh and into the wild.
Rivers, recommended by Columbus, Miss. CVB, the new novel by local author Michael Farris Smith. It follows the story of a man who has lost his wife and unborn child during a hurricane evacuation and returns to his home state of Mississippi to bury them on family land.
Often described as Top Gun meets Steel Magnolias, Your Gift to Me (honored with three national book awards from Military Writers Society of America, the Stars and Flags Book Awards, and Kindle Book Review), by Bonnie Latino and Bob Vale is a military love story and mystery that appeals to both women and men who desire entertainment and substance in their leisure reading. The novel incorporates Bonnie Latino's personal background as a Southern woman and a military spouse, plus her professional background as a journalist and former columnist for Stars and Stripes newspaper in Europe. Bonnie lives in Atmore, Ala., with her husband retired Colonel Tom Latino. Her co-author, Bob Vale, is owner and† president of Graphic Word, a full-service creative agency on the East Coast. He and his wife Janice live in New Jersey.
During the month of December, the Gulf Coast Chapter Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association†will send BOTH editions of the†Chefs of the Coast Cookbook and Recipes for only $20,†with the purchase either copy from†www.ChefsoftheCoast.org .†Get over 65 recipes from the Mississippi Gulf Coast's top Chefs and landmark restaurants.† These recipes include Mary Mahoneyís Seafood Gumbo, The Chimneyís Snapper Sardou, and the treasured Vrazelís Speckled Trout.
Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans(Chronicle Books)by Lolis Eric Elie offers more than 100 heritage and contemporary recipes accompanied by photographs from the critically-acclaimed series. Written from the perspective of the seriesí characters, the cookbook is a celebration of the eclectic and inventive culinary spirit of post-Katrina New Orleans. It also includes contributions from such legendary restaurants as Brigtsenís, Upperline, and Commanderís Palace in addition to original recipes from many of the renowned chefs who have made guest appearances on Treme.
Crazy Sista Cooking by Lucy Buffett features some of her favorite Southern recipes. It has sold more than 75,000 cookbooks to date, and a portion of each sale benefits her charity, LuLu's Love Fund. For children, thereís Billy Claus and the Spirit Christmas Island,† a Christmas story with a beach twist. Also written by Lucy Buffett, the book features Billy Claus, brother to Santa who is allergic to snow, and an entertaining character in his tropical print shirt, shorts and flip flops.
Chef Regina Charboneauís cookbook Regina's Table at Twin Oaks celebrates the Four Seasons of Twin Oaks, located in Natchez, Miss., on the Mississippi River. There are over creates over 32 Seasonal Menus with over 260 recipes for every occasion, marking the different seasons† Twin Oaks through food.
photo credit: (top row, left to right) Billy Claus and the Spirit of Christmas Island, courtesy of Lulu Buffett; An Italian Palate, courtesy of Robert St. John; Your Gift to Me, courtesy of Bonnie Latino; (middle row, left to right) Sunday Dinners, courtesy of Andrews McMeel Publishing; Rivers, courtesy of Columbus, Miss.; Cooking from the Heart, courtesy of Andrews McMeel Publishing; (bottom row, left to right) Crazy Sista Cooking, courtesy of Lucy Buffett; Pickles, Pigs and Whisky, courtesy of Andrews McMeel Publishing