Johnathon Scott Barrett takes you on yet another delicious sojourn in his latest work, COOK & TELL: RECIPES AND STORIES FROM SOUTHERN KITCHENS, a moveable feast across Dixie showcasing the incredible food created in the homes of the South and the resulting tales that accompany those heartwarming dishes. Stops along the way include such food-rich cities as Savannah and Nashville, as well as the small hamlets of Millingport, North Carolina, and Nanafalia, Alabama, where farm-to-table food still has a prominent spot on the dining table. And in this warm and engaging anthology, Barrett includes not only his own entertaining stories and meaningful recipes but also those of friends met along the way. Some accounts come from family and hometown cooks, while others are from award-winning chefs and authors. COOK & TELL, a beautifully written collection of remembrances preserving the South’s rich intersection of foodways and oral histories, gives inspiration for readers to take pen to paper and record for themselves the special times and dishes that have shaped their own lives and those of their loved ones.
Contributors include Mary Kay Andrews, Johnathon Scott Barrett, Lilli Ann Barrett, Chuck Beard, Teri Bell, Debra Brook, Becky Altman Cheatham, Amy Paige Condon, Carol Cordray, Walter Dasher, James T. Farmer III, Damon Lee Fowler, Nancy Fullbright, Nancy and Charlie Golson, Wes Goodroe, Sandra Gutierrez, Celeste Headlee, Barbara Salter Hubbard, Cindy McDonald, Gayle Morris, Michael Morris, Ty Morris, Martha Giddens Nesbit, John Nichols, Janis Owens, Melinda Lowder Palmer, Kathryn Barfield Rigsby, Fred W. Sauceman, Gloria Garrett Seymour, Elizabeth Tornow Skeadas, Alphus Christopher Spears, Meredith Bishop Stiff, Luke Usry, Linda Rogers Weiss, Virginia Willis, Sherry Witherington, and Nicki Pendleton Wood.
Chef, raconteur, and old-school bon vivant Johnathon Barrett celebrates the most glorious aspects of Southern life in his new book, Cook and Tell. Alongside poignant, hilarious tales of his own family table are guest authors with pet recipes, both heirloom and newbie; city and farm-fresh. The effect is like sitting on the porch of an old hotel and getting into a cornbread discussion that widens to a smoked mullet, pork belly, best-iced-tea debate, won not only on the merit of the recipe but the quality of the story-telling.
--Janis Owens, author of American Ghost and The Cracker Kitchen