Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Simple Fresh Southern

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Simple Fresh Southern--this is the title of the newest cookbook by The Lee Bros., Matt and Ted, whom I had the pleasure of hearing speak at the SC Book Festival last Saturday afternoon. Matt and Ted are from Charleston, SC, and are food journalists. They write for Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, GQ, The New York Times, and are the wine columnists for Martha Stewart Living.

They also founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue for southern pantry staples like stone-ground grits, fig preserves, and, of course, boiled peanuts, as well as writing cookbooks.

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And on top of all this, they're really cute and funny.

While talking about their cookbook, they discussed the origin of the boiled peanut, (apparently boiling a peanut is a disgusting thought to many northerners--who knew?), as well as their recent appearances on Martha Stewart's show and Throw Down with Bobby Flay.

I didn't spring for their new cookbook at the Festival, as the line to get it signed was longer than I was willing to wait, and I haven't paid full-price for a book in ages, (love half.com); but I fully intend on purchasing it soon.


  1. Not sure how I missed you; I was there and sitting toward the front of the room. I DID get them to sign the new book but I wish I'd been able to purchase their first cookbook.
    I have a coworker from Minnesota who thinks boiled peanuts are filthy nasty and whenever I have some I eat them in front of him with relish.

  2. Lane--Rebecca and I came in late and stood up in the back. They were so funny and clever; definitely going to buy their book. I'm jealous that you got signatures! See you next week.