Lauded Chef Stephanie Izard Signing Books at Turnip Truck Today



As Steve Cavendish told us in last week's dining column in the Scene, chef Stephanie Izard — James Beard award nominee, Saveur cover girl and the first and only woman to win Bravo's Top Chef — is set to appear in Nashville today to sign copies of her cookbook.

Izard, of Chicago eatery Girl & the Goat, is determined to raise $500,000 for Share Our Strength, an anti-hunger organization supported by many culinary professionals. She combined that pledge with a tour to promote her book, Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats & Drinks (Chronicle Books).

Izard is making a stop at Turnip Truck Urban Fare in the Gulch. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of the book and meet Izard at the event.

The cookbook may be as close as you get to Izard's food: It's nigh impossible to get a reservation at her restaurant, Girl & the Goat. How many restaurants do you know of that start serving at 4:30 and are full by 5 p.m.? At this writing, to get a table at 7 p.m. you'd have to wait until December. Her menu is all small plates offering bold flavors and inventive techniques, and all seasonal.

For a sampling of the creative but entirely cookable recipes from the book, including brilliant combinations like roasted cauliflower and buttered panko crumbs (called crunch butter in the recipes) and lemon poached eggplant with fresh ricotta, click here or go to

The Turnip Truck signing will begin at 11:30 a.m. (line starts forming at 11) and continue until 1 p.m.

Izard will also swing back through town at a later date for a private CMT Artists of the Year event. This year's honorees, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift, and their guests will be treated to Izard's cuisine. (I guess you'll know if you're invited.)

The event will be recorded for a 90-minute special that premieres on CMT and at 8 p.m. Dec. 13.

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