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Bitter Socialite to Enliven Monroeville Literary Festival


Trace Barnett, author of the cookbook Tracing Roots, will visit the Old Courthouse Museum on Saturday, March 5, at 11:00 am as part of the Monroeville Literary Festival for a program on gardening, cooking and Southern entertaining. A book signing session by Trace will take place after the program, which is free and open to the public, although advance registration is required via Eventbrite or by phone to Monroe County Museum at 251-575-7433. Copies of Tracing Roots are available for sale in The Bird’s Nest Gift Shop, located inside the museum.

A luncheon, using recipes from Tracing Roots, will follow at Monroeville’s premier event space, The Shop at 66. Tickets for the luncheon may be purchased via Eventbrite or by phone to the Museum at 251-575-7433.

Tracing Roots: A Modern Approach to Living Off the Land is a beautifully photographed culinary journey through the seasons, with recipes emphasizing the use of home-grown ingredients at the peak of their freshness and flavors. Included in the book are instructions on beekeeping, raising chickens, planting and foraging, in addition to more than 100 recipes. Sumptuous photography by Jean Allsopp transports readers to the rustic simplicity of the American South and marks the introduction of a refreshing new voice in cooking.

Trace Barnett is the founder of The Bitter Socialite, a culinary and lifestyle blog featuring a return to a simpler way of life, but one still filled with creativity, beauty and grace. A popular guest on several television shows, Trace makes regular appearances on both "Good Day Alabama" on FOX 6 WBRC, and "Talk of Alabama" on ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, "Talk of the Town" on Newschannel5 WTVF in Nashville, WLOV "This Morning" and WTVA "News at Noon" in Tupelo/ Columbus/Oxford, and in Atlanta, both “Good Day Atlanta” and “Atlanta and Co.” Trace was a finalist on The Next Food Network Star on Food Network and was also a finalist on the Food Network series Comeback Kitchen.

The Monroeville Literary Festival is made possible in part by a grant from Alabama State Council on the Arts.

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