Edward Lee Cookbook Signing Tuesday at Taste


       Want your copy signed? | Smoke and Pickles
  •        Want your copy signed? | Smoke and Pickles

Louisville chef Edward Lee is stopping in St. Louis tonight, August 13, to sign copies of his new cookbook, Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen at Taste (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200) at 5:30 p.m. Oh, and he's inspired a special menu for us St. Louisans.

See also: - Taste's Grilled Asparagus with Crisp Poached Egg: One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now - Taste's "Barbacoa": One of the 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now - Taste's Kyle Mathis: Winner of Iron Fork's Mixology Competition and Featured Bartender of the Week

You might remember Lee from last year's Top Chef: Texas (he lasted fourteen weeks); he's also a three-time James Beard Foundation Award finalist. Though he grew up in Brooklyn, he considers Louisville his adopted hometown -- it's where he discovered the restaurant 610 Magnolia on a trip to the Kentucky Derby in 2002. A year later, Lee moved south and bought 610 Magnolia.

Jefferson's Reserve will provide a bourbon tasting featuring Lee's own bourbon sweet tea and Taste has whipped up some Smoke and Pickles-inspired hors d'oeurves: smoked coffee-pickled beet bruschetta with pumpernickel toast and whipped ricotta, pulled barbecue lamb necks on lamb-fat bacon cornbread with bourbon-pickled jalapeños, house-cured bresaola with parsnip and black pepper biscuits with blackberry ketchup, miso chicken tacos with a pineapple-pickled jicama slaw and garlic-puffed rice, puffed rice crackers with roasted pork shoulder topped with black barbecue sauce and jasmine pickled peaches, and pork cracklins.

Tickets are $50 and include admission, food and drink, and an autographed copy of Smoke and Pickles. You can get them here.

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