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21 Days to Shop Locally (and fill up that book shelf)

Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about shopping at independent retailers, art galleries, coop and specialty markets, wine and bottle shops all around the Triangle.

21 Days Shopping Cookbooks

The last 21 Days series was all about cookbooks (one of my favorite indulgences) and because there are so many new cookbooks being released this time of year, it seems appropriate to kick off the new 21 Days series with a list of cookbook author events at local booksellers. Consider this list a work in progress – new events will be added as they are announced throughout the month. Here are a few, to whet your appetite.

Quail Ridge Books and Music celebrates their 30th anniversary this month (Huzzah!) and they have two cookbook author events on their calendar for October you fans of Southern food might enjoy:

10/06/2014 at 7:30 pm – Bob Garner’s “Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm”

10/28/2014 at 7:30 pm – Sheri Castle and “The Southern Living Community Cookbook”


Flyleaf Books  in Chapel Hill pairs up with their neighbors The Root Cellar for a couple of  tasty events, (especially appealing to pimento cheese lovers and vegetarians)

10/03/2014 at 6:00 pm – Perre Coleman Magness discusses “Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook” (at The Root Cellar)

10/08/2014 at 6:30 pm – The very popular veg blog Thug Kitchen will be at The Root Cellar with their new cookbook, “Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck”. I think cursing is encouraged for this event (so perhaps not so kid friendly).

10/12/2014 at 2:00 pm – Bob Garner discusses his book “Food That Makes You Say Mmm-mmm”

10/15/2014 at 7:00 pm – CHOP NC features Marcie Cohen Ferris, author of “The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region”


McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village hosts the popular “Cooks and Books” dining series and although the Sean Brock event has sold out, tickets are available for the Gabrielle Hamilton event on Nov. 2nd if interested (and you should be).

10/04/2014 at 11:00 am, Perre Coleman Magness, author of the Runaway Spoon blog, swings by to visit and talk about her latest book “Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook”.

11/15/2014 at 2:00 pm, kitchen goddess Jean Anderson pops in to share her latest, “Mad about Muffins: 70 Amazing Muffin Recipes”.

11/22/2014 is going to be a double-header kid of day. At 2:00 pm Debbie Moose and April McGreger discuss the latest additions to the Savor the South cookbook series.

11/23/2014 You can return for another visit at 2:00 pm for Sheri Castle is back with “The Southern Living Community Cookbook”.

12/06/2014 at 11am, Anne Byrn (who you may recognize as The Cake Doctor) comes to the rescue with  “Anne Byrn Saves the Day: 125 Guaranteed-To-Please, Go-To Recipes to Rescue Any Occasion”.


The Chapel Hill foodie super store Southern Season always has something tempting and the coming month is no exception.

10/02/2014 at 6:00 pm Sheri Castle will be cooking some very good things to eat from “The Southern Living Community Cookbook“.

10/04/2014 at 2:00 pm Sandra Guiterrez will be signing copies of “Latin American Street Food“, a cookbook you really should have on book shelf.

11/01/2014 from 2 to 4 pm it’s a free cookbook signing of Jean Anderson’s latest “Mad for Muffins“.

11/02/2014 from Noon to 4 pm it’s Sheri Castle Day where we can celebrate the launch of her new cookbook, “The Southern Living Community Cookbook“.

11/06/2014 at 6 pm join Andrea Weigl as she prepares some sweet potato butter, mustard pickles and more from “Pickles and Preserves“.


And at other local venues you’ll find opportunities to add to that cookbook selection including:

Whisk in Cary hosts a Sandra Guiterrez for a very special cooking class and “Latin American Street Food” book signing event on 10/24/2014 at 6:30 pm.

Parker & Otis in Durham hosts Debbie Moose & April McGreger for a book signing of “Southern Holidays” and “Sweet Potatoes” on 10/30/2014 from 5 to 7 pm.




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