Stephanie Tyson speaks at UCF Book Festival March 31, 2012

As one of Florida’s premier literary events, the UCF Book Festival features renowned national and local authors, book signings and sales, exhibits, book appraisals, and special children’s activities. This year, they invited Stephanie L. Tyson, author of Well, Shut My Mouth! The Sweet Potatoes Restaurant Cookbook. She’ll appear with Nathalie Dupree March 31, 2012, at 3 p.m., for the panel “Southern Cooking at its Best: Biscuits, Sweet Potatoes and More.” Just talking about it makes our mouths water!

Born in North Carolina, Chef Tyson spent countless hours dreaming of leaving for the bright lights of anywhere else. But once she left to travel and cook around the world, she could not believe what a relief it was to come home again. Trained in culinary arts at Baltimore International College, Chef Tyson opened her award-winning restaurant with her partner Vivián Joiner in 2003 in the downtown Arts District of Winston-Salem, where they live.

Well, Shut My Mouth! The Sweet Potatoes Restaurant Cookbook is recipes—recipes from the Sweet Potatoes restaurant, recipes from the families of Chef Stephanie Tyson and co-owner Vivian Joiner, recipes that are Southern, plain and simple. But beyond the how-to’s for Gullah Shrimp and Crab Pilau, Cheerwine-Glazed Country Ham, and other lip-smacking dishes, this soul food cookbook is also the history of the two women who started a locally and nationally acclaimed restaurant. As Tyson says in her introduction, “Every part of me is a part of Sweet Potatoes.” In Well, Shut My Mouth! she shares a culinary experience that has been a favorite of Winston-Salem natives and visitors for years, allowing readers and patrons to recreate it in their own kitchens.

View the entire festival schedule here. And if you can’t make it to Orlando, perhaps Stephanie’s sweet potato biscuits will tide you over? Nancie McDermott, chef in her own right, shared her thoughts on the recipe here.


Fried chicken, at least on Sunday! Author and chef Stephanie L. Tyson shows you how

Chef Stephanie Tyson of Sweet Potatoes restaurant in Winston-Salem, N.C., and author of Well, Shut My Mouth! shows you just how to fry up the perfect chicken for a Sunday meal with family.

Are you hungry yet?