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Tupelo Honey Cafe has signed on to produce a second nationally distributed cookbook with publisher Andrews McMeel  Publishing (www.andrewsmcmeel.com).  The book is due to be launched in the fall of 2013. Author Elizabeth Sims and Executive Chef Brian Sonoskus will team up again to develop the new book. The new book follows the 2011 publication of Tupelo Honey Cafe: Spirited Recipes From Asheville’s New South Kitchen, also published by Andrews McMeel. Known as one of the most iconic downtown Asheville restaurants, Tupelo Honey Cafe opened in 2000. 

The new cookbook will be more regionally focused with a nod to the culinary and historic traditions of the Mountain South and will springboard creatively off the geographic spine of the southern Appalachian mountains – the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway. The broader regional approach marries strategically with the restaurant’s planned growth with a new restaurant in Knoxville later this year and another proposed location somewhere in the Tri-Cities of Bristol VA/TN, Johnson City, TN, and Kingsport, TN.

In its first year of publication, Tupelo Honey will donate $2 from every book sold through the restaurant to the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a partner organization overseeing volunteerism and advocacy for the Parkway.

“Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the largest friends groups nationally with a membership of over 9,000 members. We fund Blue Ridge Parkway conservation and restoration projects along the road as well as recruit and implement the Volunteer In Parks program with the National Park Service,” said Dr. Susan Mills, director of the Friends organization. “We are thrilled for this new national cookbook which will be a part of our organization’s 25th anniversary of service to the Blue Ridge Parkway.”

“We are grateful for the contribution this project will make to our partner organization, Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway,” said Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis. “We rely on our wonderful volunteers to work in tandem with our staff in caring for this beautiful national treasure.”

The upcoming cookbook will feature approximately 125 recipes, full-color photography of both food and the beauty of the Blue Ridge region, and some historical and culinary tradition information from the Mountain South.

“We are grateful for the opportunity not only to work with Andrews McMeel again but to do so with a project that is so meaningful,” said Tupelo Honey Cafe owner Steve Frabitore. “We are passionate about the food, culture, heritage, traditions and beautiful natural resources of the Appalachian region, and we are proud to give back to the area through flavorful recipes that encourage families and friends to gather around their respective tables.” For more information about Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, go to www.blueridgefriends.org