More than 225 restaurants across the state are featured in a new photo book titled Alabama Food that goes on sale Dec. 3.
The colorful 128-page book was produced in cooperation with the Alabama Tourism Department and covers the food scene in the state by geographic region, starting in North Alabama and ending with the Gulf Coast. It’s based on the popular “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die” brochure and emphasizes unique and original Alabama restaurants, the growth of the farm-to- table movement, and native Alabama foods.
A section profiles food products manufactured in the state. More than two dozen Alabama photographers contributed images for the book. Karim Shamsi-Basha’s photo of Hot and Hot Fish Club’s iconic Tomato Salad is on the book’s cover.
Alabama native Patricia “Sister” Schubert of homemade rolls fame, who wrote the foreword, will sign copies at the Governor’s Mansion on Dec. 3 during the Christmas open house. Contributors Brian S. Jones and Marilyn Jones Stamps will sign copies during tours on Dec. 10 and 17. The mansion will be open for three Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. to showcase holiday ornaments donated by Alabama school children. The book signings will be inside the gift shop across the street from the mansion, said Lee Sentell, state tourism director.
The hardcover book also has sections devoted to farmers markets, u-pick it farms, food festivals, and Alabama wines and craft beers. The book profiles 11 of the state’s award-winning chefs including Chris Hastings, Frank Stitt, James Boyce, Chris Lilly, Wesley True, Bob Baumhower, Lucy Buffett, Chris Dupont, James Lewis, Nick Pihakis, and Patricia “Sister” Schubert.
Alabama Food is the official book for the state tourism department’s The Year of Alabama Food promotion. It was created by the Birmingham News for Alabama Media Group and will be available at Books-A-Million stores across the state and online at www.bhamstore.com and amazon.com. Alabama Food can also be purchased at the Governor’s Mansion Gift Shop and at The Goathill Museum Store inside the Alabama State Capital in Montgomery. The retail price of the book is $20.