James Beard Award for Best Book of Year in Writing

James Beard Award for Best Book of Year in Writing

Buttermilk Graffiti

Edward Lee delves into the intersection of food and culture on an epic trip across America where he finds exceptional food in unconventional places. You can find photos and links for where to purchase signed copies below.


Buttermilk Graffiti has been named a Best Food Book of the Year by the Boston Globe, Smithsonian, BookRiot, and Plate. It was a Semifinalist in the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards.

"Striking stories. . . . Lee is a master.
—New York Times Book Review

"Beautifully written.

"Lee is a gifted storyteller and those first few chapters will grab you and keep you riveted all the way to the end."
—Bon Appétit

"Capture[s] what the nation's melting pot cuisine is today."
—Food & Wine, Staff Favorite

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If you can't make it to any of my appearances, you can order signed copies of both of my books, Buttermilk Graffiti and Smoke & Pickles, from my local bookstore, Carmichael's, which ships anywhere in the world. The link to order from Carmichael's is here.

December 17
Washington, DC
The National Press Club
February 7
Campbell County, KY
Campbell County Public Library
Signature Series Demo and Book Signing
March 2 Louisville, KY KY to the World Event The LEE Initiative 2020 Women Chefs Announcement Details
March 14 Louisville, KY Ice House Pack the Sack Benefit Dinner Details
May 4 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Terroir Symposium Details

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