Robert St. John bringing love of ‘Mississippi Mornings’ to Vicksburg this weekend

Published 9:04 am Friday, December 15, 2023

Robert St. John is an unabashed cheerleader for Southern fare and for his home state.

From his highly acclaimed Hattiesburg restaurants to his now 13th book, the Mississippi author celebrates the tastes and traditions that are uniquely southern while continuing to invest in the communities he calls home.

And now, he turns that attention to breakfast in “Mississippi Mornings: Deep South Breakfasts, Brunches and Musings” and to sharing that book with Vicksburg and Warren County readers on Saturday.

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“Vicksburg is a city that loves good restaurants and good food, so everyone is excited to hear about Robert’s inspiration behind this scrumptious new book,” said Kelle Barfield, owner of Lorelei Books. “I especially appreciate Robert’s willingness to share his story about being a business leader and non-profit visionary in our state with members of Leadership Vicksburg and our Entrepreneur Bootcamp alums. I know the seeds Robert will plant with his visit to Lorelei Books will continue to be harvested for many Mississippi mornings to come.”

St. John runs seven restaurants, publishes a weekly syndicated column, guides dozens of groups through Europe every spring and fall, and works with his charity Extra Table. His ode to the day’s most important meal is full of classic Southern dishes and updated twists on familiar favorites. With 12 essays and more than 100 recipes ranging from Sweet Potato Pancakes to Crawfish Étouffée over Garlic Cheese Grits to Cathead Biscuits with Country Ham, this collection and St. John’s Southern hospitality is brought to life with photography by Kate Dearman.

St. John will be signing copies of his book from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Lorelei Books, 1103 Washington St.