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Contact: Chanda Temple 
Director of Public Relations 
Birmingham Public Library 

Food Network Star Martie Duncan and Several Popular Birmingham Area Chefs to Attend December 13 Birmingham's Best Bites Cookbook Signing at the Birmingham Public Library
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA ­– (Dec. 12, 2014) – Food Network Star Martie Duncan and several popular Birmingham area chefs will be at the Birmingham Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 13 to sign copies of “Birmingham’s Best Bites: Favorite Recipes from Restaurants, Bars, & Food Trucks Around the Magic City’’ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The book, which features more than 80 recipes from more than 60 area restaurants, is $25.  
Proceeds will benefit the library.

“This is a book that’s giving in so many ways. Not only is it creating funds for the library, but it’s bringing attention to our local restaurants,’’ says Duncan.
“People who’ve never been to Birmingham, are buying the book. Now they want to come here.’’

The book’s first edition was released in early October 2014 during a finale party for the library’s annual Eat Drink Read Write Festival. Demand was so great, especially for the holidays, that a second printing was needed. Alagasco made the second printing possible.

Favorite dishes such as Hot and Hot’s Tomato Salad, Ashley Mac’s Mac and Cheese, Dreamcakes’ Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Bourbon Caramel Glaze and many others are in the book. Chefs such as The Fish Market’s George Sarris, Little Savannah’s Maureen Holt, Kathy Mezrano of The Gardens Café by Kathy G, Primeaux Cheese & Vino’s Ric Trent and Chris Vizinna of Birmingham will sign books on Saturday. Refreshments will be served.

Duncan says that the book’s color photography, done by Arden Ward Upton and Mo Davis of Arden Photography, is so beautiful that people either want to make the dish or make a reservation. “George Sarris says he’s selling his Cioppino, which is in the book, more than he ever has, ‘’ Duncan says. 

Tamara Zeigler recently bought the book just for the Dreamcakes pound cake. She made it for Thanksgiving. The cake was gone in three days. "It was delicious,'' Zeigler says. "All of my friends want the recipe. I told them, 'You need to buy the book.' '' 

A special section of the book looks at popular Birmingham restaurants that are no longer open, such as Cobb Lane, Mary Beard's and Joy Young. Another section includes citizens' comments on their favorite restaurants. The second edition includes a profile on Birmingham's Bud's Best Cookies, which supplies its vanilla wafers to at least five area restaurants that use the wafers for homemade banana pudding. 

Says Vizinna: “People who’ve purchased the book and read it, have commented on the fantastic compilation of recipes from the local restaurants and chefs in the Birmingham area. Everyone’s excited that the Birmingham library benefits from sales of the book.’’ 

Birmingham Public Library Director of Public Relations Chanda Temple is a contributor of the book, which will also be available at the library’s bookstore on the second floor.  
Attached is an image of the book cover, the event poster and Dixie Fish Co.'s Orange and Blue Oyster Poppers with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce. 
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