Yes, I love the Southern Foodways Alliance. Yes, I’m a member. And yes, I’ve even been nominated to be on its Board of Directors. So it should be no surprise to you that I’ll do just about anything this organization asks of me — not just because I’m a good soldier, but because there’s nothing this organization does that I don’t support. Whether it’s a fundraiser for their film or oral history initiatives or for scholarships for burgeoning food writers, I’m going to spread the word.
This time, however, it’s different. This time, the event is to celebrate a cookbook. A fantastic, spiral-bound, community cookbook, suitably named, “The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook.” The cookbook is divided into chapters that represent the region’s iconic foods: Gravy, Garden Goods, Roots, Greens, Rice, Grist, Yardbird, Pig, The Hook, The Hunt, Put Up, and Cane. It’s been edited, written and compiled by some of my favorite people in the world, including April McGreger, baker and pickler extraordinaire of Farmer’s Daughter in Carrboro, Chapel Hill’s great cooking instructor, Sheri Castle, and Sara Roahen, author of the fantastic book on New Orleans, “Gumbo Tales.” Heck, I even submitted a recipe for the book — and yes, it is a recipe for cooking one type of varmint.
To celebrate the release of the book, there are not one, but two events planned for this weekend in Chapel Hill.
The first event is this Friday, October 15th, at Foster’s Market in Chapel Hill (750 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd). This event is a book signing and is free to the public — and, yes, there will be a little bit of food there.
The second event has a lot of food, and this is a ticketed event. It will be on Sunday at 4:00 PM at Chapel Hill’s 3CUPS (227 South Elliott Rd.). If you just want to come and eat, it’ll cost you $25. If you want one of these awesome cookbooks (all the cool kids have them), then that will cost you an additional 15 bucks. That’s less than the Amazon price! So, you get a soon-to-be iconic cookbook, lots of great food (with both cake and pie, as there will be a debate about which is better), lots of social interaction with writers, and all on a Sunday evening! And because it is 3CUPS, there will be wine. Tasty, wonderful wine.
So, get off your butt and head to Chapel Hill this weekend to buy a book — the best community cookbook ever! And if you need more information, just check out the SFA’s Blog.