Rick Bragg & Helen Ellis

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In The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Mom­ma’s Table, Rick Bragg preserves his Southern heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother’s cooking and education, from childhood into old age. His beloved mother, Margaret Bragg, measures in “dabs” and “smidgens” and “tads” and “you know, hon, just some.” Many of her recipes, recorded for the first time, pre-date the Civil War, handed down from one generation of Braggs to the next. This New York Times bestseller includes 74 mouthwatering Bragg family recipes for clas­sic southern dishes in a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, to his mother.

Helen Ellis, the bestselling author of American Housewife, is back with a fiercely funny col­lection of essays on marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, and the Cal­gon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady. In Southern Lady Code, Ellis transforms herself into a dominatrix Donna Reed to save her marriage, inadvertently steals a $795 Burberry trench coat, witnesses a man fake his own death at a party, avoids a neck lift, and finds a black-tie gown that gives her the confidence of a drag queen. Ann Patchett loved the book, saying, "As a Southern Lady myself, I can not only confirm the veracity of the facts, I can tell you the book made me laugh like a hyena."


Books are not included.

VIP Experience includes reserved front section seating, a fast pass for the book signing, and a southern-themed three-course dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the Founders Room. VIP ticket sales will end Monday, April 15, at 5:00 p.m.

VIP Public: $130, VIP Member/Educator $110

Regular Tickets: Public $40, Member/Educator $30, Student $20