Second, the great recipe book: Chris will be promoting his new book, The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat in the South Before You Die (and the Recipes That Made Them Famous). In it, you'll find recipes for the sweet potato pancakes at Asheville, N.C.'s Tupelo Honey Cafe; apple-cranberry crumble pie at Slatyfork, W.V.'s Elk River Inn; Loveless Cafe's watermelon ribs ... and, oh, about 97 more Southern classics.
Now the irony: We're telling you to watch Chris discuss his book on a home shopping television network — but we're urging you to buy it locally, at Parnassus. They need our support! The book is slated for release Aug. 28 by Thomas Nelson, but you can preorder now at Parnassus! Do it!
Lastly, on The Southern Foodie's Facebook page, Chris is asking that you understand if he doesn't live up to his typical movie-star good looks:
If I look a little bedraggled on my QVC appearance on 8/19, it's because I fly up to Philly for my on-air training on Wednesday night, train Thursday morning, fly back home Thursday evening, back to Philly on Saturday, appear on Sunday afternoon and fly home Sunday night. I'm actually looking forward to the whirlwind, though. Y'all tune in!
Speaking of Southern restaurants, anyone tried Lockeland Table or Hattie B's Hot Chicken yet? Anyone heading to Silo this weekend? Any other new discoveries?