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Join Friends, Union Ave Books, and the Knox County Public Library for an evening with Rick Bragg on Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre. Bragg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, journalist, and author of two best-selling memoirs and numerous other books, will talk about his most recent book, The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Southern Table, with Ronni Lundy, the author of Victuals.

Part cookbook, part memoir, The Best Cook in the World is Bragg’s loving tribute to the South, his family, and his extraordinary mother. Skillet by skillet, the stories and recipes come from Bragg’s ancestors, from feasts and near famine, from funerals and celebrations, and from a thousand tales of family lore as rich and as sumptuous as the dishes they inspired.

Bragg is the recipient of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance’s 2019 Southern Book Prize for Nonfiction for The Best Cook in the World as well as the organization’s 2019 Conroy Legacy Award. A regular columnist for Garden & Gun and Southern Living, he lives in Alabama.

Read Chapter 16‘s review of The Best Cook in the World here.

Read ‘The Third-Best Cook on the Roy Webb Road,’ a conversation with Rick Bragg and Chapter 16, here.


Photos from Home Cookin’ with Rick Bragg


Rick Bragg on WBIR’s Live at Five at Four, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Author Rick Bragg at home with ‘best cook’ — his mom


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