Well, today is the day. In all of my wildest dreams, I never imagined I would be writing a post quite like this. I never set out to write a cookbook, but now that I have, I’m so excited to be able to share my food and my family with the world in such an amazing way. I am so tickled for all of y’all to see this book. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. Those of you who preordered should be receiving it today or within the next few days and those of you didn’t can still order it or or buy it in bookstores across the country like Books-a-Million, Barnes and Noble, and many independent book sellers. It is unbelievable that you’d be willing to spend your hard-earned money on something I wrote, but I’d sure appreciate it if you did.
I am so proud of this book. I mean PROUD. Not because my name is on it, but because of the amazing recipes that are in it. These are the recipes that my family has used to feed one another for years. These are the recipes that so many of my readers have done the exact same thing with. I’m so excited to be able to share these time-honored recipes from so many faithful Southern Bite readers. I hope this does them justice.
I wanted to do everything I could to make these recipes approachable and easy to prepare. There are no fancy culinary terms, no elaborate techniques, and you can cook nearly everything in here with less than 15 spices and seasonings – and two of those are salt and pepper. These are the recipes I use to feed my family. They are easy and use ingredients you probably already have in the pantry. Yes, you will find some “cream of” soups and other convenience products like gravy mixes and such and if that’s not your thing, then this book is probably not your thing either. But knowing many of you who hang around these parts, I bet you’re just like me. And being like me means that you hold the belief that any home cooked meal, even if it includes some onion soup mix, is better for you than anything you can get in a drive-through. And the relationships we build and develop with our families over a meal, gathered around the table are far more important.
The photography in this book is stunning. My amazing photographer, Kim Box, is also my amazing friend. The photography was a labor of love. I cooked and styled the food in every photo. We did it over the course of several weeks in Kim’s beautiful home. I was insistent on it being the real food without any fancy food styling tricks. I wanted your finished dish to look like my finished dish. Sure we could have made the food in a few of the photos look better with some fancy styling tricks, but we didn’t. It’s the real thing – all the way.
Isn’t it beautiful???
There are so many people that I need to thank for making this happen… My family for sharing these amazing recipes through the years, for putting up with me (and without me) while I was putting this together, and for inspiring my love of food. I also have to be sure to thank the amazing team at Thomas Nelson. From the top to the bottom, this group of folks couldn’t been a bigger pleasure to work with. A very special thanks goes to my amazingly awesome editor (and now friend), Heather, for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. There are many more folks that need to be thanked, and I’ll get to them all, but I won’t bore y’all with that. However, I must send out a heartfelt “thank you” to each and every one of you – my readers. You folks that come back to the blog day after day are the reason Southern Bite it what it is. I could write a hundred books and if there was no one interested in reading them, they would be useless. So thank you. Thank YOU for giving me this amazing platform and opportunity.
Again, I am so glad to finally be able to share this book with y’all. I hope that you find it useful in the kitchen and easy to work from. There’s so much of my heart in this book. I appreciate your love and support more than any of you could ever, ever know.