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December 14, 2006

"I will remember the stories around those tables and think of buttered biscuits and crab apple jelly, and even if I am a million miles away, I am home,” writes Rick Bragg on the meals of his youth in the introduction to the Birmingham Junior League’s new book, Tables of Content: Service, Settings and Supper. Life moves fast for many families today. There’s hardly time for the simple daily routine of the family table, where the events of the day are discussed and all relax with delicious and fulfilling food.

The Junior League of Birmingham calls all back to the table with local landmark settings spotlighting a collection of more than 350 kitchen-tested recipes. Well-known chefs and great home cooks share their best recipes in Tables of Content: Service, Settings and Supper.

This coffee-table worthy cookbook gives readers a sense of place, with nine featured photographs taken in Birmingham’s best-loved landmarks. With a deep sense of the history of their city, the Junior League of Birmingham is one of the country’s largest and most active Junior Leagues. The book is also scattered with personal stories from recipe contributors and an introduction from Birmingham’s favorite son, Rick Bragg.

In addition to the great, southern-style in this regional cookbook, there are useful cooking tips, beverage pairings, recipes from famous local chefs, plus landmark photography and table settings photographed by Ralph Anderson.

Tables of Content: Service, Settings and Supper (ISBN: 0-9774688-0-1; $29.95; available at was edited, designed and manufactured by FRP in Nashville, Tennessee. Since 1961, FRP has produced more than 1000 titles for individuals, companies, and nonprofit organizations from coast to coast. Full support and consultation are available in the creation, production, marketing, and distribution of a cookbook. FRP is a division of Southwestern/Great American, Inc.

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