WHERE TO BUY MAGIC CITY CRAVINGS COOKBOOK!

IT IS FINALLY HERE! MAGIC CITY CRAVINGS: THE MOST REQUESTED RECIPES FROM BIRMINGHAM RESTAURANTS THEN & NOW

All the recipes you asked us to find plus a few we could not resist sharing!

My new book with co-writer Chanda Temple hit stores and is already flying off store shelves. The book features an extensive history of Birmingham food, a "where to eat what" dining guide, neighborhood map, and recipes most requested by Birmingham food fans. Many thanks to Alagasco for sponsoring the book and helping us bring greater attention to Birmingham's restaurants and rapidly growing food scene.

Magic City Cravings Cookbook

The photography is again contributed by my good friends Arden Ward Upton and Mo Davis along with Frank Couch.  (I even have a few photos in this one.)

In addition to seeking out favorite recipes from popular local restaurants, food fans asked us to reach back and find "lost" recipes from restaurants which have closed which are still fondly remembered. We uncovered recipes from Birmingham standards like Joy Young, Cobb Lane, Pioneer Cafeteria, Marsh Bakery, Rossi's and more. If you had the Marsh Bakery coconut cake for your birthday each year, you can now make it yourself!

We would like to thank all of the chefs, restaurant owners and families for their generosity. By  providing their recipes and sharing stories, they made Magic City Cravings possible.

Magic City Cravings can be found in stores around Birmingham but please call first as copies have sold out in some stores and we are re-stocking as quickly as possible.

BARNES & NOBLE (The Summit)

BOOKS-A-MILLION (Inverness, Brookwood, Trussville)

ALABAMA BOOKSMITH (Homewood)

BROMBERG'S (Mountain Brook Village)

LAMB'S EAR (Cahaba Heights)

GUS MAYER (The Summit)

OLEXA'S CAFE, CAKES & CATERING (Mountain Brook Village)

ROCKY RIDGE DRUG COMPANY (Rocky Ridge)

LITTLE PROFESSOR BOOKS (Homewood)

NORTON'S FLORIST (Southside)

ALABAMA GOODS (Homewood)

ST. VINCENT'S HOSPITAL GIFT SHOP

Magic City Cravings is $27.95 and benefits Children's of Alabama. Message us to purchase a personalized copy.

LIBRARY BOOKS, BIRMINGHAM'S BEST BITES, AND IT IS CHOCOLATE ROULAGE, NOT ROULADE

I have got quite the week in front of me. Some of it is exciting and some is like jail.

The jail part is self imposed. I put myself on lockdown. No phone. No Facebook. I'd say no computer but I have to write. Suddenly, I'm having a flashback to Food Network Star.... ugh. Here's why I'm in self-imposed hiatus....  I'm trying to finish editing the collection of recipes I have gathered for an upcoming cookbook called Birmingham's Best Bites: A Collection of Recipes from Your Favorite Restaurants which will benefit the Birmingham Public Library. I loved the library as a kid and would ride my bike there almost daily in the summer to get new books to read. I bet I read every sports, horse, or Nancy Drew book they had in the place. Here's me... I always fell asleep with a library book on my head.

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I'm writing the book with my good friend Chanda Temple, who is the Public Relations Director at the library. Our deadline is this week so I'm on lockdown until I finish. The book will be a great way for the library to raise funds for events and special programs and it will also help the restaurants with their visibility, too. The book launch party happens as the conclusion of this year's Eat, Drink, Read, Write Festival on October 10,2014. I'm helping throw the party. Here's a link to tickets if you want to come. They are only $10. Purchase EDRW Birmingham's Best Bites & Instagrammy's Tickets. 

You have to be there to buy the cookbook and there are only a limited number of copies available. Besides, it is going to be a great party with lots of wonderful best bites! There are recipes from Birmingham's James Beard Award winners and nominees: Chef Frank Stitt and Highlands Bar and Grill, Chef Chris Hastings, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Chef James Lewis, Bettola at Pepper Place, Jim 'n Nicks, Ollie Irene, and the iconic The Bright Star in Bessemer. There are recipes from favorite food trucks like Shindigs and Dreamcakes to new-comers like Avondale's Hotbox, Bottle & Bone at Uptown, and the highly anticipated Galley & Garden from Chef James Boyce, Little Savannah, Satterfield's, DoDiYo's, Jinsei, Maki Fresh, Eagles Restaurant, and Ashley Mac and so many, many more have stepped up to participate.

Chanda Temple and I preview our cookbook, Birmingham's Best Bites: Recipes from Birmingham's Restaurants, Bars and Food Trucks

Chanda Temple and I preview our cookbook, Birmingham's Best Bites: Recipes from Birmingham's Restaurants, Bars and Food Trucks

We've even included a "days gone by" section with a history of Birmingham restaurants and recipes from some favorites that have closed. That section includes the recipe for my Chocolate Roulage recipe, inspired by a landmark Birmingham restaurant called Cobb Lane which closed long ago. We used to go there back in the day for special occasions like bridesmaids luncheons and baby showers and the primary reason was for the Roulage. Yes, rou-lage. Not roulade. Yes. I know the French pronounce the rolled up thingie a "rou-lade" but here in Birmingham Alabama, it is and always will be pronounced rou-lage.

This book will be the perfect present for your foodie friends so get a few and keep them for special occasions. The images are by local photographers Arden Ward Upton and Mo Davis of Arden Photography. The photos are stunning and will make the book all the more special. Here is a sneak peek: