(BUSINESS WIRE)--Food Network personalities like Paula Deen and shows such as Bravo’s “Top Chef” have headlined an explosion in the popularity of cooking shows on television in recent years – and are a big part of the reason that mainstream audiences across the country have come to find out what hip foodies and southerners themselves have known for years – that the culture and food below the Mason Dixon Line leaves most folks, well ... just plumb tickled to death.
“The South has traditionally been one of America’s most underappreciated regions—particularly for food. Whether it’s aloofness or some sort of assumed superiority, people outside the South have ignored its culture and cuisine for a long time”
As a direct result, the popularity of southern cookbooks continues to soar.
“The South has traditionally been one of America’s most underappreciated regions—particularly for food. Whether it’s aloofness or some sort of assumed superiority, people outside the South have ignored its culture and cuisine for a long time,” says Joel Miller, Vice President of Acquisitions and Publisher at Thomas Nelson. “But, that’s turning. Southern eats are finally getting the attention they deserve.”
Among the titles expected to be top sellers in the genre this fall? Second Helpings from Paula Deen’s first cousin, Johnnie Gabriel; Bless Your Heart – Saving the World, One Covered Dish at a Time by Patsy Caldwell; and My Southern Food – A Celebration of the Flavors of the South, from songwriter and country music morning show producer Devon O’Day.
Johnnie Gabriel, serves up another generous helping of classic Southern recipes from her seven-time Best of Atlanta Award-winning restaurant and bakery in this follow up to her phenomenally successful debut, Cooking in the South.
Bless Your Heart: A celebration of the uniquely loving way that southerners show they care – with food. Includes more than 200 recipes served throughout the south at family reunions, wakes, church potlucks, tailgate parties and more.
My Southern Food: Country music songwriter Devon O’Day takes readers on a mouthwatering journey with photographs, stories and over 200 recipes. Chapters include: Sunday Dinner and Other Family Gatherings, Breakfast in the South, Cooking for Company and Summer Celebrations.
Simply Suppers: Memphis’ Jennifer Chandler cooks up recipes for every occasion, from casual weeknight dinners to elegant gatherings, and all the potluck suppers in between. Comfort foods, done simply.
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