Books and Bites with John Currence


Our friend and chef extraordinaire, John Currence, is on his way to Houston for part of a book tour featuring his recent cookbook. Obviously we are excited to see him, but even more so, I cannot wait to try some of these yummy recipes that will be featured tonight! Sorry John, what can I say… I love breakfast!!!!! So, all of you lovely Houston people better join me tomorrow evening from 5–6:30 welcoming this insanely talented chef and celebrating his newest hit… Big Bad Breakfast.

Just in case you needed a little more persuading…

Southerners know how to do breakfast right, but John Currence—one of the most celebrated and beloved chefs in the South—has elevated it to an art form with his sweet and salty sausage cinnamon rolls, heaping skillet scrambles served straight out of the pan, and omelets laden with molten cheddar cheese. Among his string of highly successful restaurants in Mississippi and Alabama, Big Bad Breakfast holds a special place in diners’ hearts.

Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book of the Day is a fun, festive, and highly caffeinated ode to the joys and rituals of breakfast. Currence gives breakfast the same respect usually reserved for lunch or dinner. This means fresh, quality, local ingredients and an emphasis on flavor, not to mention from-scratch cooking.

Along with crowd-pleasing recipes such as North Mississippi Eggs Benedict, Fresh Corn Arepas, Low Country Cast-Iron Skillet Scramble, and Fried Chicken Cathead Sandwich, Big Bad Breakfast is stuffed with entertaining, rowdy stories in Currence’s inimitable voice.

JOHN CURRENCE was born in New Orleans and moved to Oxford, Mississippi, to open City Grocery in 1992. He is now the chef-owner of several restaurants, including City Grocery, Big Bad Breakfast, Nacho Mama’s, and Snackbar. Currence is the recipient of the James Beard Award for Best Chef: South and the Southern Foodways Alliance Guardian of the Tradition Award. He lives in Oxford with his wife and daughter.

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