Matt and Ted Lee of Charleston, SC have become household names ever since they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue for all the Southern staple foods they missed while attending college in the North. Some of these staples included stone-ground grits, fig preserves and, appropriately, boiled peanuts. The Lee brothers expanded their reach into the field of journalism with numerous opportunities to write in various travel magazines about their search for great Southern food.
These days, The Lee Bros. brand is most recognized from their cookbooks that have been published in recent years. Their first book, The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, was an immediate success and won many awards, including the Julia Child Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. The Lee Bros. second cookbook, Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Downhome Flavor, featured more simplistic recipes, reflective of their lives on the road.
The most recent cookbook released by the duo, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen, highlights their hometown’s hot cuisine. This book is much more than a simple cookbook. It features the history behind many of the low country dishes and contains personal essays from the brothers—highlighting Charlestonian residents and traditions, as well as walking and driving maps—in between recipes.
Whether you have been a long-time lover of all things Lee Bros. or are simply salivating at the thought of their low country recipes, we have some exciting news for you Nashvillians. Matt and Ted Lee will be in Nashville for a cookbook signing on Tuesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Parnassus Books. Be sure to get there early, we’re sure there will be a huge turnout for these two!