Book Fest: A Famous Chef and a Funny Southern Cook

The Amelia Island Book Festival guests for its 2023 fall luncheon are the celebrated French chef Jacques Pépin and author Mary Martha Greene. The luncheon will take place  Nov. 9 at the Courtyard by Marriott Amelia Island from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the website at

Jacques Pépin is the author of more than 30 cookbooks. He’s won 16 James Beard awards and was awarded France’s highest distinction, the Legion of Honor.

Jacques Pépin will be featuring his latest book, “Jacques Pépin Cooking My Way,” which shares expert insights into cooking economically. With more than 150 recipes, along with an illustrated menu for each season, the book provides everything you need to cook the way Jacques Pépin does.

Mary Martha Greene from Beaufort, South Carolina, is a skilled Southern storyteller. Since the publication of her first book, “The Cheese Biscuit Queen Tells All,” she’s been featured in many cooking demonstrations. Her next book, “The Cheese Biscuit Queen: I don’t believe I’d have told THAT!” is due out in the fall of 2024. She says she hopes the stories do not embarrass her mother too much.