Local songwriter/artist Matt Moore is branching out with the release of his first cookbook, Have Her Over for Dinner: a gentleman’s guide to classic, simple meals. The Georgia native has shared the stage with Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, and Luke Bryan but has also long enjoyed cooking. His latest outing offers more than 100 recipes—ranging from Italian to Southern Eclectic to Vegetarian—created for men looking to impress in the kitchen. Moore’s recipes emphasize the basics, without requiring dozens of ingredients, and even covers stocking the kitchen, pairing beer or wine with food, lighting, and cleaning up. Available in Nashville at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Green Hills and Lazzaroli Pasta in Historic Germantown. He is having a book-signing at Davis-Kidd Booksellers on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 PM to coincide with Valentines Day.
Many of Nashville’s hit songwriters are included in the new book Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind The Song. The latest in the Chicken Soup series was edited by veteran Hollywood publicist Jo-Ann Geffen and features personal stories from Ashley Gorley, Darius Rucker, Chris Dubois, Ray Stevens, Phil Vassar, Pam Tillis, Bob DiPiero, Clint Black, Kim Carnes, Larry Gatlin, Jewel, Janis Ian, Tracy Lawrence, Shelby Lynne, and Richard Marx. The foreword is by Motown sound architect Lamont Dozier. Also included are pop hitmakers Christina Aguilera, Melissa Etheridge, Richie Sambora, John Legend, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Barry Manilow, Diane Warren and numerous others.