A wildly inventive soul food bible from a two-time Chopped winner and the host of Snapchat's first-ever cooking show.
Thousands of fans know Lazarus Lynch for his bold artistic sensibility, exciting take on soul food, and knockout fashion sense. Laz has always had Southern and Caribbean food on his mind and running through his veins; his mother is Guyanese, while his father was from Alabama and ran a popular soul food restaurant in Queens known for its Southern comfort favorites. He created "Son of a Southern Chef" on Instagram as a love letter to the family recipes and love of cooking he inherited.
In his debut cookbook, Laz offers up more than 100 recipe hits with new takes on classic dishes like Brown Butter Candy Yam Mash with Goat Cheese Brülée, Shrimp and Crazy Creamy Cheddar Grits, and Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding. Packed with splashy color photography that pops off the page, this cookbook blends fashion, food, and storytelling to get readers into the kitchen. It's a Southern cookbook like you've never seen before.
About the Author
Lazarus Lynch is an African-American entrepreneur, author, musician, multimedia host, and the face of Son of a Southern Chef. He is a two-time Chopped champion and the host of Snapchat's first-ever cooking show, Chopped U, and the Food Network digital series Comfort Nation. His website was a 2017 Saveur Blog Awards nominee. Lazarus has appeared on The Cooking Channel, BuzzFeed, Tastemade, NPR, and The Today Show. He lives in New York City, where he was raised.
“His Alabaman-born dad and Guyanese mom’s influences meld in recipes like extra-creamy shrimp and grits, made with unsweetened coconut milk.”—Martha Stewart Living
“The recipes in Son of a Southern Chef: Cook with Soul by Lazarus Lynch practically jump off the page. It’s a joyous jumble of soul-food. The Chopped champion’s personality is a big part of this book’s appeal, and the photos by Anisha Sisodia capture Laz’ energy and fashion sense.” —WFAE (Charlotte’s NPR)
“Imagine if Prince wrote a cookbook while channeling the spirit of 7,000 West African, Caribbean, and Southern grandmothers with photography by David LaChapelle and art direction by Tyler the Creator. Enter Lazarus Lynch. Son of a Southern Chef is a magical cookbook filled with all the contradictions you’d expect from a culinary (and musical) virtuoso—it’s avant-garde yet grounded in tradition, hood yet haute, mischievous yet earnest in its intent to push the boundaries of how we imagine Black food. This cookbook is dripping with all the swag and creativity that fans have loved since Lynch came on the scene in 2014, and he truly is the Rockstar Chef we’ve all been waiting for.” —Bryant Terry, James Beard award-winning author of Afro-Vegan
“Son of a Southern Chef is a visually stunning exploration of what soul food really is, which is food made with love and with loved ones. Lazarus' personality shines through delicious recipes and dynamic pictures. This is definitely a book you will want to visit time and time again.” —Marcus Samuelsson, award-winning chef, restaurateur, and co-owner of Red Rooster Harlem
“Lynch's first-ever book is truly one of 2019's most joyful food-related texts. The photos by Anisha Sisodia, the food styling and Lynch's all-caps enthusiasm feels so fresh and needed.”—Time Out New York