Saturday, February 18, 2023

9:00 AM – 9:55 AM

Jepson- Neises Auditorium

207 W. York Street, Savannah, GA 31401

Johnathon Scott Barrett


Johnathon Scott Barrett takes us on another Southern food journey within the pages of his newest book. Following his culinary memoir, Rise and Shine! and the subsequent recipe-filled anthology, Cook and Tell, Barrett presents the convivial and delicious Cook and Celebrate. Barrett takes readers from the Commonwealth of Virginia, down to the Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry, over to Mobile Bay, and on jaunts in between to showcase Southerners’ favorite holiday dishes (and the stories behind them). Memories abound with Hoppin’ John and collards at New Year’s; fried chicken and potato salad on Independence Day; cloud-like coconut cakes at Easter; and the veritable Tom Turkey and cornbread dressing which crown dining tables at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Barrett shares these recipes, along with 100+ more, while introducing hospitable friends and loved ones along the way. Barrett relates herein with a sampling of delightful soirees and dinners, some as casual as a fish-fry to others with four courses replete with grandmother’s silver and china. Cook and Celebrate is a wonderful, delectable, and nostalgic read that will invoke warm, festive memories and inspire you to celebrate life in the kitchen.


Johnathon Scott Barrett is a seventh-generation Georgian with a deep appreciation for the history, foodways, and culture of the South. His first book, Rise and Shine!, is a food memoir spanning several decades of Southern farm-to-table traditions. In his second book, Cook and Tell, Barrett narrates another delicious culinary sojourn across Dixie where he includes not only his own entertaining stories and meaningful recipes, but also those of friends met along the way. His latest work, Cook and Celebrate:  A Collection of Southern Holiday and Party Traditions, further explores the tastes and traditions of the South through recipes and tales. Professionally Johnathon is a CPA and nonprofit executive: his resume includes work with Junior Achievement and the Georgia 4-H Foundation and he currently serves as Director of Development for the State Botanical Garden at the University of Georgia.


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