The winsome Reynolds, Ga., native published her first cookbook, Gourmet Made Simple, in 2008. Her latest offering includes inventive versions of classic Southern dishes, often with international twists. Her recipe for Greek summer gazpacho adds feta and Kalamata olives to the traditional tomato soup, and her Italian take on collards includes capers, raisins and pine nuts in place of the expected fatback. I'm looking forward to giving that one a try since it's always fun to buy a trunk-load of collard greens at the Farmers' Market for 3 bucks to discover that it eventually boils down to two servings.
If you want to meet Gena and buy a signed copy of her book, there will be four opportunities to see her as she traces a reverse-Sherman path from Atlanta through Franklin to Nashville.
On Thursday Nov. 18, Gena will be signing at the Tis The Season Holiday Marketplace at The Factory at Franklin from 1 to 7:30 p.m. I hope she packs a lunch for that long day.
On Friday, Nov. 19, she will be at The Registry, located at 335 Main St. in downtown Franklin, from 1 to 3 p.m.
On Saturday morning, Nov. 20, Gena will be signing at the Whole Foods Market in Green Hills from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then she will take a short trip up Hillsboro Road to Davis-Kidd to wrap up her Nashville appearances with a signing from 2 to 4 p.m.
Southern My Way will be available at all Tennessee Whole Foods locations as well at her website.