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WARNING: do not read A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for your Kitchen by Hugh Acheson if you are hungry. It will make you crave good food. I learned this the hard way when I reviewed this book of magical cooking secrets.  The design is fun, filled with scribbles and notes, almost like getting a sacred text from mama’s cooking.

From Ottawa, Canada, you would not imagine that Chef Acheson would be enamored with Southern cuisine.  Howeve,r he now calls Athens, Georgia his new home where you find great music and Bull Dawgs, all nestled within the heart of Dixie.  REM’s manager Bertis Downs writes an honorable introduction. Acheson has gained some major recognition from his work on television Bravo TV Chef Masters.

This book also shows that Southern cuisine is evolving from the notion that tasty food is simply fried food. Acheson covers the gambit of soups, delicious morsels, with a few cocktails sprinkled in. He has a great a cornbread recipe.

Acheson’s book is sprinkled with helpful hints. For instance, sticking problems to the pan probably means that the pan is not hot enough. The metal is porous but smooths out as it is heated up. The protein fills these holes and grabs hold.

There are some new twists on old traditions, like Fried Green Tomatoes with Pickled shrimp. Acheson also gives grilling tips, and who can go wrong with a fried chicken recipe?

Chef Acheson seems to take a simplistic approach in preparing food and his philosophy is local first, sustainability second, and organic third. We live in communities that represent a small ecosystem, so why not support them and put that energy into our bodies?

A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for your Kitchen by Hugh Acheson is the perfect addition for any kitchen library and has some amazing recipes from a young fun chef. Now I am off to the local market to spruce one of his warm soups for this cool fall evening.

To find out more about Chef Acheson visit:  http://hughacheson.com/  or follow him on Twitter @hughacheson

Book Facts:

A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for your Kitchen by Hugh Acheson

2011 Crown Publishing Group 300 pp

ISBN: 978-0-307-71955-3

 

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16

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ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

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Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”

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Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.

Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”

Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!

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SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

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SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

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