With seven generations of Georgia heritage to draw upon, Johnathon Scott Barrett has mastered the Southern food memoir in Rise and Shine! The reader can’t help but become charmed with his love of food, family, and friends—all of which are showcased in each and every chapter. It is both a delightful read and a scrumptious cookbook.
—Nathalie Dupree, James Beard winning cookbook author and television host
Being drawn into the vivid stories told in Barrett’s new memoir is a foregone conclusion—the cadence, rituals and even the fragrances of Georgia come to life in these pages—but it’s the recipes that will bind you, stitch you into his world with the effectiveness of the best cookbooks. Rise and Shine! is a joy to read, and it’s truly a rare thrill to cook alongside Mama and JB.
—Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen
If you are a cook, Johnathon Scott Barrett's new food memoir will have you searching for your grandmama's black iron skillet and a nice meaty hambone, but if you just prefer to devour memoirs of a forgotten time way down south in Georgia, you will simply reach for a glass of sweet tea and head to the porch swing, even if that is a place you inhabit only in sweet memory. Either way, yes, ma'am! If you have this book in your hand, you are in for a rare treat.
—Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Town, Summer Rental and Hissy Fit
Johnathon Scott Barrett is the very model of that rare breed, the true Southern Gentleman—charming, thoughtful, kind, and generous—yet always ready and willing to laugh at himself. Rise and Shine! A Southern Son’s Treasury of Food, Family, and Friends is a charming love song to all the best things about growing up, not to mention eating, in the South.
—Damon Lee Fowler, author of Essentials of Southern Cooking and Beans, Greens, & Sweet Georgia Peaches
Johnathon Scott Barrett is a part of the Savannah, Georgia, food scene. We all love food, love cooking, and love everyone else who loves food and cooking. In this beautifully written book, Barrett takes us on a sentimental journey as he charts his joy of cooking from birth to the present. We visit with the people and the places that shaped his palate. We visit the farms, the farmers’ markets, the islands, and the big cities. With wit and wisdom, Barrett writes lovingly about the family and friends who have encouraged him to both cook and write. After reading his memoir, I can’t decide if I want to go cook something, or write a love letter to my Mother. You will love this book!
—Martha Giddens Nesbit, author of
Savannah Collection: Favorite Recipes from Savannah Cooks, Savannah Entertains, and Savannah Celebrations
Johnathon Scott Barrett understands that food tastes better when there is a story behind it. Rise and Shine! is a family memoir, a culinary travelogue, and a rich collection of inherited and invented recipes. Barrett celebrates chili dogs served in a pool hall,
meringue-topped banana pudding, and the joy of having breakfast at suppertime. Aunts, uncles, parents, and grandparents populate these pages, sharing memories of bread-and butter pickles, barbecue on the beach, and soul-satisfying slices of coconut cake.
—Fred Sauceman, author of Buttermilk & Bible Burgers: More Stories from the Kitchens of Appalachia
Johnathon Scott Barrett's life has been filled with warm family relationships and savory food. His book about both subjects leaves you hungering for more from this talented writer and memoirist.
—Jackie K. Cooper, author of Memory’s Mist
Food in the South is created with a blend of family, local color, history, and celebration. In his cooking memoir, Johnathon Scott Barrett richly captures these elements. As a food history of Georgia, Barrett recounts the traditional culinary resources of Middle Georgia and how members of his family utilized this bounty for their entertainment and feast. As Barrett's career took him to cities and countries far from his roots, he managed to hold homage to the past while adding new cultural elements to his table and festive gatherings. Barrett's storytelling makes Rise and Shine! feel like an evening on the porch sharing stories after a good meal—one that lingers with sighs and smiles.
—Joyce Dixon, SouthernScribe.com
Filled with fishing tales and blue-ribbon recipes, Rise and Shine! creates a kinship with his Southern stories that delight the soul and are a feast for the heart. Keep your eye on Johnathon Scott Barrett—he is a Southern Gentleman, an eloquent storyteller, a phenomenal cook. An excellent book worthy of high praise!
—Renea Winchester, award-winning author of Farming, Friends, and Fried Bologna Sandwiches
As a fellow “Perrysian,” I immediately identified with Johnathon Scott Barrett’s new book. From “It Started on Ball Street” to the folks and places I too have known and loved, each page was a reminder of the adage “it takes a village to raise a child.” Barrett’s village is the same as mine—an agrarian, rural, small Southern town with pecan groves and peach orchards and a cast of characters.
A village like Perry, Georgia, gives its children a place to love and be loved—a place of security and confidence and nostalgia and wonderful memories of our childhood and families. Barrett seizes upon the nostalgia of a place like our hometown, and further evokes emotion and candor through Southern food and our fondness for family meals, celebrations, and our heritage. I love that Barrett’s work is as if he’s telling us all a story on the porch on the farm—having to turn the page, more so, than to await the next vocalized word. I hope y’all enjoy Rise and Shine! in the same manner as I did—and it leaves you hungry for home!
—James T. Farmer III, editor-at-large, Southern Living and author of A Time to Plant, A Time to Cook and Dinner on the Grounds
Johnathon Scott Barrett's valentine to the South, Rise and Shine! reads as much memoir as it does cookbook, tapping into the universal truth that food memories are often our strongest. They are wrapped in family lore, celebration, and destinations that mark turning points in our lives. With this book, he has welcomed us to his table—and it is a feast, not just for the belly, but also for the soul.
—Amy Paige Condon, Savannah Magazine