“Life in the Carolinas” Honors Shelby, Home of Earl Scruggs
SHELBY, North Carolina-The buzz intensifies as the world premiere of the TV story about this special town nears. “Life in the Carolinas,” hosted and produced by Carl White unveils the Shelby town square story this week at the Don Gibson Theater, a beautiful facility named after Country Music Hall of Fame member and native son Don Gibson. The stage will sparkle, according to the ever-ebullient TV veteran Carl White, with talented entertainers, local celebrities and even one book author from Atlanta.
Southern Thymes Shared, the new cookbook by Chef Lara Lyn Carter and Doc Lawrence will be available for purchase from Fireside Books in Shelby with a special signing backstage in the theater just after the show. Doc Lawrence, a guest on the “Life In The Carolinas” special, will be on hand to meet new friends and autograph copies of the book.
Greensboro-based journalist Lynne Brandon will cover the Shelby gala for an upcoming magazine feature story. Ms. Brandon, a veteran writer with deep expertise in North Carolina’s food heritage and modern lifestyles, praised the cookbook in a recent review for extending the “Jefferson culinary tradition of open-ended, warm hospitality and farm-to table freshness. Pairing wines with Southern recipes,” she observed, “resulted in a great cookbook, a big part of the joy in having Southern Thymes Shared in your kitchen.”
A television star on Georgia’s WALB-TV, Chef Carter said she “wanted the cookbook to be lovely and useful enough that we would give it for Mother’s Day or as a wedding gift.” Former Atlanta Braves ranking executive Frank Spence, a frequent commentator about things Southern, described the new cookbook as “a work of art that deserves a place on a coffee table.”
Southern Thymes Shared has earned praise from respected professionals like Michelle M. Winner, president of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association and James T. Farmer III, editor-at-large, Southern Living. Carl White, often compared to the late CBS star Charles Kuralt, recommended the cookbook as “a tribute to Southern cooking and hospitality.”
"Life In The Carolinas Town Square Special Featuring Shelby" will be presented at the Don Gibson Theater in Shelby on April 3, and shown on Charlotte’s FOX 46 Carolinas Sunday morning, April 6 at 8:30. Here’s a sneak preview: