ConroyCenter Queen nathalie dupree 14 editOn Tuesday, July 28, also at 5:30 p.m., the Pat Conroy Literary Center will host a lively conversation between the Queen of Southern Cuisine Nathalie Dupree and Beaufort’s own award-winning cookbook author Debbi Covington as they discuss the recently published Nathalie Dupree’s Favorite Stories and Recipes.

            “When we called Nathalie Dupree the ‘queen of Southern cuisine,’ we meant it,” said Southern Living. “Dupree’s TV shows, cookbooks, and classes have been hugely influential among Southern home cooks. Her latest book takes you through her entire storied life in food, from serving as a one-woman school cafeteria for her college classmates to running one of the most popular cooking schools in the South. While her recipes are always worth making (don’t miss her biscuits), you’ll love reading this book too.”
            Nathalie Dupree is the author of 14 cookbooks and the host of more than 300 national and international cooking shows. She is the winner of four James Beard Awards, three for cookbooks and one for Who’s Who in American Cooking. Dupree has been the president of the Atlanta chapter of the International Women’s Forum; founder and past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP); founder and board member of Southern Foodways; and founder and co-president of two chapters of Les Dames d’Escoffier, by whom she was awarded the honor of “Grande Dame.” Dupree was the founding president of the Charleston Wine and Food Festival. She was named the 2013 Woman of the Year from the French Master Chefs of America and received Slow Food Charleston’s 2016 Snail Award. In 2018 she was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors, and in 2019, she received the IACP Lifetime Achievement Award. Her books New Southern Cooking and Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking are on the 2017 Southern Living 100 Best Cookbooks of All Time list.
            Moderator Debbi Covington is an award-winning caterer, cookbook author and food columnist for Lowcountry Weekly. Her cookbooks include Celebrate Beaufort, Celebrate Everything! and Dining Under the Carolina Moon.