Reel Masters: Chefs Casting about with Timing and Grace

Susan Schadt (Author) John Besh (Contribution by)
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A 2017 Independent Publishers Awards (IPPY) Silver Medal Winner Part cookbook, this collection of 42 carefully curated recipes is gratifyingly inviting, inventive, and one of the finest to be found. Part guidebook, acclaimed chefs take us fishing along the coastlines and inland shores of the sporting South, including Birmingham, Alabama, Charleston, South Carolina, Richmond, Virginia, Pensacola, Florida, and Delacroix, Venice, Port Sulphur, and Toledo Bend, Louisiana. Through narrative and stunning photography they showcase some of the country's most sought-after fishing spots and unknown gems.

Susan Schadt's fourth book chronicling and celebrating the bounty and spirit of American sporting life and culinary culture features James Beard Award winners, semifinalists, and nominees, Food & Wine Best New Chefs and participants on Top Chef, Top Chef Masters and the Food Network. Reel Masters is a cookbook anthology similar to the acclaimed book, Wild Abundance. This time, we are going fishing along the coastlines and inland shores of the sporting south.

Product Details

$45.00  $41.40
Susan Schadt Press LLC
Publish Date
October 20, 2016
9.4 X 1.3 X 11.1 inches | 3.75 pounds
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About the Author

Susan Schadt has been President & CEO of ArtsMemphis since 2002 and Founder & President of Wild Abundance Publishing since 2008. MEMPHIS: Sweet, Spicy and a Little Greasy is her fourth book chronicling Southern culture. Her prior publications include: First Shooting Light: A Photographic Journal Reveals the Legacy and Lure of Hunting Clubs in the Mississippi Flyway, 2008;Wild Abundance: Ritual, Revelry & Recipes of the South's Finest Hunting Clubs, 2010; and A Million Wings: A Spirited Story of the Sporting Life Along the Mississippi Flyway, 2012, which was a 2013 Silver Medalist in the Independent Book Publisher Award
John Besh is a chef and a native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. In his restaurants, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, he preserves and promotes ingredients, techniques, and heritage one mouthwatering dish at a time. Besh grew up in southern Louisiana and has set the benchmark for fine dining in New Orleans. Each of his eight acclaimed restaurants (August, Besh Steak, LÃ1/4ke, La Provence, American Sector, The Soda Shop, Domenica and LÃ1/4ke San Antonio) celebrates the bounty and traditions of the region. From the outset of his career, Besh's talent and drive have earned kudos: Food & Wine magazine named him one of the Top 10 Best New Chefs in America, and his flagship restaurant, August, was featured in Gourmet magazine's Guide to America's Best Restaurants and America's Top 50 Restaurants. Besh won the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast in 2006 and received Food Arts' Silver Spoon Award in 2009 for revitalizing the culinary legacy of New Orleans. Besh's devotion to local ingredients and cuisine also extends to his entrepreneurial projects, including the creation of Besh Restaurant Group Catering; a line of gourmet products; the publication of his first cookbook, My New Orleans (Andrews McMeel Publishing, October 2009); and a follow-up cookbook, My Family Table (Andrews McMeel Publishing, November 2011). Besh is a frequent guest chef on NBC's Today Show and has appeared on top programs on The Food Network and the Sundance Channel.
2009 Food & Wine Magazine "Best New Chef," Kelly English is executive chef/owner of acclaimed Restaurant Iris and The Second Line in Memphis. He was a 2010 James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef: Southeast.
Chef Jeremiah Bacon, a five-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast, Executive Chef and Partner of The Macintosh and Oak Steakhouse, in his hometown of Charleston, S.C. Awarded Best New Restaurant Bon Appetit's annual 50 Best New Restaurants, 2012; Esquire Best New Restaurant in America in 2012; recognized by the James Beard Foundation as a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant.
Award winning photojournalist, Lisa Buser has 25 years experience in commercial, advertising and newspaper photography. Buser serves a wide range of clients including USA Today, Food Network, CNN, Random House Publishing Group, Nike, Inc. and LeBonheur Children's Hospital. Among her many recognitions is the 2012 Media Orthopaedic Award for photographs published on She was the featured photographer for Wild Abundance: Ritual, Revelry & Recipes of the South's Finest Hunting Clubs, 2010 and A Million Wings: A Spirited Story of the Sporting Life Along the Mississippi Flyway, 2012.
Peter Kaminsky is the author and coauthor of many books, including Pig Perfect, Culinary Intelligence, and Seven Fires and Mallmann on Fire (with Francis Mallmann). He is a longtime contributor to Food & Wine and a former columnist for the New York Times and New York magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"St. Louisans will find a familiar face in Susan Schadt's newest book, Reel Masters: Chefs Casting about with Timing and Grace. Farmhaus Restaurant chef-owner Kevin Willmann shares adventures and recipes from his days spent fishing for cobia in Pensacola, Florida, in the book. He's one of eight chefs featured and the only one from Missouri. The book offers a collection of 42 recipes and a guide to fishing on the coastlines and inland shores of the South...His chapter in the book includes four recipes, including one for char-grilled cobia with stewed tomatoes and okra and a corn and shrimp salad with tasso."--Sarah Kloepple "FEAST MAGAZINE "
"A new book features fishing tales and recipes from a group of acclaimed chefs, including Donald Link and John Besh. Part cookbook, part narrative history and guidebook, Reel Masters: Chefs Casting About with Timing & Grace chronicles the bounty and spirit of the pastime, culture and traditions surrounding the sport, with personal tales from eight chefs who share their passion for angling in the bayous, backwaters and bays of Charleston, Pensacola, Venice, Grande Isle and Toledo Bend, among others."--Helen Freund "The Gambit "
"My Christmas-shopping woes are relieved yet again this year as Schadt has released another quality production, titled Reel Masters: Chefs Casting About with Timing and Grace."--Lesley Young "The Memphis Flyer "
"Chef Jeremiah Bacon showcases the beauty and bounty of Lowcountry waters in his restaurants The Macintosh and Oak Steakhouse. Now, he will share with the world his love for sea life with the recently released Reel Masters: Chefs Casting About with Timing & Grace. The book features eight chefs sharing their love of fishing 'in the bayous, backwaters and bays and along the coastlines of the sporting South' [and] offers reflections and recipes highlighting fresh catches from the culinary pros."--Erin Perkins "EATER Charleston "