Alabama Newscenter — Alabama Cookbook Author Says COVID-19 Changed Restaurants Forever

| March 20, 2021 @ 10:00 am

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By Susan Ray

It’s been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic shifted from a looming threat to an everyday reality in Alabama. That’s when Gov. Kay Ivey, like many governors across the country, issued a statewide order that shut down a number of businesses, including restaurants. Between supply chain pressures and uncertainty about the spread of the virus, the pandemic has upended the entire food industry.

It was about this same time that Katherine Cobbs received word that the highly anticipated May 2020 release of her newest cookbook, “Tequila & Tacos,” would be postponed until fall. The Birmingham author and editor of dozens of bestselling cookbooks – that include Birmingham chef and James Beard Award winner Frank Stitt’s “Southern Table” and Atlanta chef Todd Richards’ “Soul” – says publisher Simon and Schuster made the decision since there would be no book signings or promotions.

“It’s rather ironic,” she says. “The idea was born in spring 2019 on a brainstorming call with the executive editor and publisher who wanted to bring the cookbook to market rapidly to capitalize on the trend. Instead of the usual 18 months it traditionally takes to get a cookbook from proposal to print, they would be doing it in six months.”

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