On this episode of “Hot Off the Press” Chef Pete dishes with the queen of sassy Southern fiction, Mary Kay Andrews. The beloved, bestselling author stopped by Sunset Pointe while on tour to promote her latest project, The Beach House Cookbook: Easy Breezy Recipes with a Southern Accent, which released last month.
A former journalist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Savannah Morning News and The Marietta Journal, Andrews has penned 24 novels and sold an estimated 8 million copies worldwide. Her first novel, Every Crooked Nanny, was published in 1992 and Andrews went on to write ten critically acclaimed mysteries under her real name, Kathy Trocheck. However, Andrews is best known for her beloved Savannah beach reads inspired by her own Florida childhood and her love of Tybee Island, which include The Weekenders, Beach Town, Ladies' Night, Summer Rental, Deep Dish and Hissy Fit.
She and her family divide their time between Atlanta and Tybee, where they cook up new recipes in two restored beach homes, The Breeze Inn and Ebbtide, both named after fictional places in her novels. But, no worries. You don’t have to own a beach house to enjoy these family recipes. All you need is an appetite for delicious, casual dishes, cooked with the best fresh, local ingredients and presented with the breezy flair that make Mary Kay Andrews’ novels a summertime favorite at the beach.
From, potato salad, and pudding parfaits to her New Year’s Day Open House menu of roast oysters, home-cured gravy, grits 'n’ greens casserole, an early spring dinner of cherry balsamic-glazed pork medallions and bacon-kissed Brussels sprouts to Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken and lemon-cream cheese pound cake, The Beach House Cookbook will supply ideas for menus and recipes designed to put you in a permanently carefree, coastal state of mind all year long.
You can win an autographed copy of The Beach House Cookbook! Now through Monday, July 3rd tweet the podcast link and be sure to mention @hotppodcast to be entered in a drawing to win a signed copy.