Martha Nesbit’s Cookbooks
Savannah Collection - Fabulous Favorites From Some of the City’s Finest Cooks is a spiral-bound collection self-published in 1986, the year my first son was born. Like the title says, it contains recipes I featured in articles I wrote while I was the food editor of the Savannah Morning News in the 1970s and early ‘80s – split pea soup, Ocilla Cole Slaw, baked Vidalia onions, and so on. The book is out of print, but I find copies occasionally sold through online bookstores and in antique and flea markets.
Savannah Entertains was published by Wyrick and Company in 1996 and includes more than 175 recipes presented in 22 events with full menus. The late Don Bass styled most of the food for photographer Steve Bisson to photograph. Parties include an oyster roast, wild game dinner, Thanksgiving dinner, and an Asian dinner fundraiser. The book is no longer in print, but copies are often sold online and in antique and flea markets.
Savannah Celebrations, published in 2010 by Pelican Publishing, takes up where Savannah Entertains left off, adding some new recipes, like spicy deviled crab, and some new events, like tailgate parties and beach picnics. Friends tell me they love the tenderloin rolls, tomato pie, and the fresh apple cake. Savannah Celebrations can be ordered from online bookstores and is sold in some Savannah gift stores and bookstores.
Dishing Up Hope
Mission Meals in Tapachula, Mexico, is a book I wrote with missionary Hope Shearouse as a fundraiser for higher education for children living in group homes in Tapachula, Mexico. It was self-published with donations from supporters of Mission on the Move, the parent organization of the group homes. Some of the children come to the homes straight from living with their parents in prison, others have been abandoned by their parents, or are orphaned. The cookbook funds were earmarked specifically for higher education. So far, at least three of the children have graduated from college and are working. Hope and I recorded the recipes served to mission teams who come to work at the homes. The book also features some of the favorite recipes prepared by members of the teams when they visit Tapachula. This book is not sold in bookstores; a few copies are available through www.Missiononthemove.org.