Nibbles & Scribbles: Cooking and Writing in the Deep South by Martha Giddens Nesbit
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Nesbit's memories start with the no-nonsense meals prepared by her divorced mother, Alice Jo, in her childhood home of Valdosta, Georgia, and end in Savannah, Georgia with retirement dinners for two with Gary, her husband of more than 40 years. Along the way, you will meet her grandparents, who farmed and fished in Bulloch County, Georgia; chefs who shaped the way Savannah diners ate in the 1970s and 1980s; and best-and-brightest home cooks who were nominated by their loved ones and interviewed by Nesbit during her years writing for the newspaper. Caterers, food writers, cooking classes, church casseroles, a coastal river house, and traveling are subjects of her essays. Nesbit recounts the day Food Network's Bobby Flay came to cook in her Isle of Hope kitchen, the night she served as a celebrity chef at Elizabeth on 37th Restaurant, and her five-year cookbook collaboration with Paula Deen, one of Savannah's high-profile restauranteurs and a former Food Network star. Each essay includes one or more recipes.
In addition to family pictures and photos culled from the files of the Savannah Morning News, Nibbles & Scribbles features the paintings of Savannah artist Sharon McIntosh. Nesbit met McIntosh in the 1980s, when Sharon's mother, Mary Wells, was executive director of the March of Dimes Southeast Georgia office, and Nesbit covered the Gourmet Gala fundraiser benefiting the agency. Nesbit started cooking as a child, and McIntosh began painting as a child. McIntosh's images immortalize the beauty of the Georgia coast both women call home.