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The Lee Brothers Take Athens…a Book Signing Event
with The National, Avid Bookshop & Canopy Studio
at Ciné Lab, 234 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA
Tuesday, March 19th
6-8 pm
$75* per person
$115* per couple
*both admission prices include one copy of The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen, snacks and drinks from the book prepared by The National, music by members of The Darnell Boys and aerial performances by Canopy Studio

Backlisted copies of their previous books will also be available for sale!

Reservations are required, just call 706-549-3450 or email reservations@thenationalrestaurant.com


Who are these talented, food-loving brothers?

Siblings Matt and Ted grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. When they left to attend colleges in the Northeast, they so missed the foods of their hometown that they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue for southern pantry staples like stone-ground grits, fig preserves, and, of course, boiled peanuts. When an editor of a travel magazine asked them to write a story about road-tripping their home state in search of great food, they embarked on a second career as food and travel journalists. They currently are contributing editors at Travel + Leisure and frequently write food stories for Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Fine Cooking and Food & Wine, among other publications.

Their past books include The Lee Brothers Southern Cookbook and The Lee Brothers Simple, Fresh, Southern.

Ted currently lives with his wife, the artist E.V. Day, in Brooklyn, NY; Matt, his wife Gia, and their two sons live in Charleston, SC.


What makes their newest book The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen so special?

The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen is their most personal book yet! But don’t take my word for it…

“With these stories and recipes, we show you what it was like to grow up here and how the food life of Charleston helped make us the cookbook authors we are today. We introduce you to our friends who make living in the Lowcountry so delicious, as well as important figures from the city’s culinary past, who inspire us to have fun in the kitchen.

In the new book, we deliver the city’s most iconic dishes done right—She-Crab Soup, Hoppin’ John, Huguenot Torte—but we also reacquaint home cooks with Lowcountry preparations that have been lost to time, like Groundnut Cakes, Syllabub, and Peach Leather. Ever tasted Salsify “Oysters,” that 19th-century knockout? You will!

Although we knew our subject well when we set out to write the book, we took nothing for granted in our research and in developing the recipes. We interviewed home cooks, chefs, farmers, fishermen, caterers, and funeral directors to get the most accurate—and at the same time very intimate—perspective on Charleston foodways.

Our new book is fully illustrated, with food photographs by Squire Fox, archival photos, as well as snapshots of the sort we take daily as we walk around Charleston. There are also Walking Tour and Driving Tour maps that correspond to recipes, because the food culture here is so tied to home kitchens that most recipes can be traced to a specific house! – Matt and Ted Lee

How cool is that?!


So join us on Tuesday, March 19 for a chance to chat with the loveable Lee Brothers and enjoy delicious food prepared by The National using the recipes in their book. Plus, enjoy live music and aerial performances throughout the evening. Then take home your copy of the Lee Brothers Charleston Kitchen, and try your hand at Charleston!

Reservations are required for this special event, so call 706-549-3450 to reserve your spot!