Holiday Time

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Celebrate 2017 Mardi Gras in the South (February 2017)

Three Festive Ways to Avoid Going Stir Crazy Before the Holidays (December 2016)

30 Ways to Get Your "Jingle" On in the South (December 2016)

Five Ways to Experience the Holidays "Louisiana-Style" (December 2016)

"Brighten Up" Your Holidays with These Holiday Light Displays (November 2016)

Red, White, Blue and You: Fourth of July Celebrations in the South (July 2016)

Drops, Celebrations and More: Memorable Ways to Welcome in 2016 (December 2015)

Spark Your Holiday Spirit with the Many Events Happening Around the South (December 2015)

Six Places to Celebrate the Holiday Season (December 2015)

So Many Ways to Kick Off the Holiday Season in the South (November 2015)

14 Dazzling Holiday Light Displays Throughout the South to Enjoy Now (November 2015)

Celebrate the Holidays in Minden and North Louisiana with the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights (November 2015)

New Twist on an Old Favorite: Amping Up the Grilled Cheese (April 2015)

Celebrate National Soup Month Anytime with Recipes from Benchmark Resorts & Hotels (January 2015)

Move Over Ball Drop - This is How the South Welcomes in the New Year (December 2014)

Ways to Get Your Holiday On in the South (December 2014)

Liven Up Your Thanksgiving Meal with Some Myrtle Beach, S.C.-Style Comfort Foods (November 2014)

Warm Up the Days and the Nights with These Chili Recipes (October 2014)

Creating the Perfect Cheeseburger with Crawford Ker on National Cheeseburger Day (September 2014)

Celebrate National Martini Day with these Recipes (June 2014)

It's Great to be King...Celebrating Mardi Season with King Cake Creations (February 2014)

Celebrate Your Valentine with a Getaway (February 2014)

A MoonPie, Pickle, Red Stick and More...Welcoming in the New Year in the South (December 2013)

Celebrate the Holidays with a New Orleans' Reveillon Dinner (December 2013)

2013 Holiday Gift Guide...Packages and Escapes (December 2013)

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Books (December 2013)

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Food and Beverage (December 2013)

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Made in the South (December 2013)

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Experiences in the South (December 2013)

End Your Holiday Meal on a Sweet Note courtesy of Chef Sara Thomas (November 2013)

From Their Table to Yours: Holiday Recipes from The Carolina Inn (November 2013)

Firing Up the Grill: Tips and Recipes for a Successful and Tasty Grilling Season (May 2013)

Breakfast for Mom, Southern-Style (May 2013)

Mom-Worthy Hotels in the South (May 2013)

Talkin' Mardi Gras, Shreveport, La. Style (February 2013)

Southern Style: 13 Things You Must Do in 2013 (January 2013)

Holiday Joy: Tips for Creating the Perfect Gingerbread House (December 2012)

Absolutely Southern Gift Guide: Secret is in the Sauce at Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley (December 2012)

Absolutely Southern Gift Guide: Make It Memorable and Give the Gift of an Experience (December 2012)

8 Reasons to Visit Louisianaís Holiday Trail of Lights this Season (December 2012)

Absolutely Southern Gift Guide: Chef's Table at Emeril's Delmonico (December 2012)

Absolutely Southern Gift Guide: Simply Ballastone Cookbook (November 2012)

Treat Your Mom to One of These Eight Southern Destinations (May 2012)

Seeing Various Shades of Green: St. Patrickís Day Celebrations in the South (March 2012)

Itís Mardi Gras Time in the South (February 2012)

Celebrate Elvis Presleyís Birthday in the South (January 2012)

A MoonPie, a Pickle, a Horseshoe and More: Ringing in the New Year Southern-Style (December 2011)

Celebrate the Holidays New Orleans-Style with a Reveillon Dinner (December 2011)

"Treat" Yourself this Holiday Season with SavannahInns.com (November 2011)

Holiday Fun in the South After Thanksgiving (November 2011)

Holiday Fun at Gaylord Opryland (November 2011)

Tours and Treats Along Virginiaís Inn to Inn Cookie Trail and Tour (November 2011)

Celebrating Milestones in the South (August 2010)

5 Activities that Add a "Sizzle" to Your Summer Vacation (June 2010)

Forget Gifts, Give Experiences This Motherís Day (April 2010)

Celebrating Mardi Gras 2010 (February 2010)


Published: December 2013
2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Books  



  • 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 cookbook documents 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.

  • If you are buying for cookbook lovers, be sure to check out the offerings from Andrews McMeel Publishing. Youíll find Smokiní In the Boys Room (Melissa Cookston), Cooking from the Heart (John Besh), Tupelo Honey Cafe: New Southern Flavors from the Blue Ridge Mountains (Elizabeth Sims, Chef Brian Sonoskus), Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey (John Currence), Sunday Dinners (Diane Cowen, food and religion editor at the Houston Chronicle) and many others.


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

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