6 cookbooks from amazing Birmingham chefs + where to buy them locally

Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook
Birmingham foodies, this one’s for you. Photo via Hot and Hot Fish Club

Ever wish you could bring the delish dishes from your favorite Birmingham restaurants to your own dining room table? Thanks to cookbooks from Birmingham chefs, you can. Check out six amazing cookbooks and discover where to buy yours locally.

1. Frank Stitt’s Bottega Favorita: A Southern Chef’s Love Affair with Italian Food

If you’ve had the chance to taste anything at Bottega, you know just how amazing it is. Check out recipes for dishes such as a tomato chutney and roasted sweet pepper pizza or a zabaglione meringue cake. Along with recipes, you’ll find stories of Stitt’s journeys to Italy.

2. Frank Stitt’s Southern Table: Recipes & Gracious Traditions From Highlands Bar And Grill

Highlands Bar and Grill is one of the most influential restaurants in the world, and you can recreate some of their recipes at home. In Frank Stitt’s debut cookbook, enjoy recipes and personal essays.

3. Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Family & Traditions

Hot and Hot Fish Club cookbook
Test out the recipes in this cookbook for a dinner you’ll LOVE. Photo via Hot and Hot Fish Club

Hot and Hot Fish Club has been a top Birmingham restaurant for over 25 years. In Chris and Idie Hastings’ cookbook, there are over 200 recipes, along with beer and wine pairings so you can try the dishes that make Hot and Hot Fish Club one of the most popular restaurants in the south.

4. Magic City Cravings: The Most Requested Recipes from Birmingham Restaurants Then & Now

Magic City Cravings
Recreating iconic Bham recipes just got easier. Photo via Martie Duncan’s Facebook

This book by co-writers Martie Duncan and Chanda Temple features a history of Birmingham food, a dining guide to the Magic City and highly requested recipes from top restaurants. You’ll also find recipes from beloved restaurants that have since closed.

  • Price: $27.95
  • Where to order: Author Website (Due to printing delays, copies may be postponed to August.)

5. Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ: Every Day is a Good Day

Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ might have started in Charleston, South Carolina, but his Birmingham location is a local favorite. The James Beard Award-winning chef released his cookbook in March 2021, so you can achieve the delicious flavors of the legendary pitmaster at home.

6. Tequila & Tacos: A Guide to Spirited Pairings

Tequila & Tacos
Taco Tuesday just got better. Photo via Thank You Books’ website

Katherine Cobbs is an author who’s collaborated with many of our favorite chefs to produce their cookbooks (including Bottega Favorita with Frank Stitt and The Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook with Chris Hastings). Her new cookbook shares taco recipes and cocktail pairings.

What cookbooks from Birmingham chefs did we miss? Let us know by tagging @BhamNow on social.

Cecilia Wood
Cecilia Wood
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