Pat Branning Releases New Book

Pat Anderson Branning, Beaufort Tribune food editor and longtime former WSB Radio women’s director in Atlanta, has announced the release of her new book – Shrimp, Collards & Grits: Recipes, Stories and Art from the Creeks and Gardens of the Lowcountry.

The full-color coffee table cook book, set to be released in March to coincide with Beaufort’s Tri-Centennial celebration, has been described as a “delightful combination of recipes, fine art and stories about the Lowcountry.” It features almost 200 Lowcountry recipes and 150 fine art paintings by such noted Southern artists as Ray Ellis, Nancy Ricker Rhett, John Carroll Doyle, and Joe Bowler, among others.

“Shrimp, Collards & Grits is a unique combination of several elements that together heighten the reader’s experience of the book and the South – fine southern art, fine southern stories and fine southern recipes,” said Lydia Inglett, CEO of Hilton Head Island-based Lydia Inglett Publishing, Marketing & Design, which oversaw the project.

An excerpt from Branning’s book, who is noted as a “cook extraordinaire,” states: “The South is a place where tea is sweet and accents are sweeter, macaroni and cheese is a vegetable, front porches are wide and words are long. Buttermilk pie is a staple. Y’all is a proper noun. Chicken is fried and biscuits come with cream gravy. Everything is darlin’ and someone’s heart is always being blessed.”

In addition to the book release, Branning will be a featured author at this year’s Charleston Food and Wine Festival held March 3-6, where she will sign advance copies of the new book on Friday, March 4, and Sunday, March 6.

The book retails for $34.95, with pre-sales available by calling 843-290-8973, or by email at You can also log onto

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