Thursday, January 18, 2007

Profile: Mystery Author Randy Wayne White Explores His Passion for Food

Colette Bancroft, staff writer for the St. Petersburg Times, writes on Florida mystery author Randy Wayne White's passion for food and his new aptly titled cookbook, Randy Wayne White's Gulf Coast Cookbook on White is the author of the bestselling mysteries featuring CIA agent turned marine biologist Marion "Doc" Ford. The next book in the series, Hunter's Moon , is scheduled to be published in March 2007.Hunter's Moon by Randy Wayne White

Bancroft notes that with his wrestler's build and close-cropped hair, White looks the part of a tough-guy thriller writer, but he seems as passionate about food as he is about writing, fishing, and baseball. And the cookbook isn't the only evidence. White is a hands-on partner in a restaurant, Doc Ford's Sanibel Rum Bar and Grille, and also runs a thriving business selling his own brand of hot sauces, made in Colombia and marketed at White's personal touch in the book comes in the form of dozens of photos from his fishing guide days and excerpts from his books, many of them lyrical descriptions of the Florida land- and seascape.

The fictional Doc Ford lives in an old Florida bungalow on a Calusa Indian mound on Sanibel Island. White lives one key east, in an old Florida bungalow perched on a Calusa mound on Pine Island. Bancroft notes that White's sturdy house was built in the 1920s, but it had a close call in August 2004 when Hurricane Charley barreled across the island. "The hurricane wiped out all my good work habits," White says, and it's taken him a while to reorder his life. The storm also destroyed most of his recipes.

Read the rest of Bancroft's profile of Randy Wayne White here which also includes a recipe for Shrimp Cocktail with Tequila Sauce, Georgia Wilson's North Carolina Fried Chicken, and a Sanibel Beer Buster.

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