Friday, September 13, 2013

Great new book all about Amelia Island

The Amelia Island Museum of History has a new book to offer, Meet Me On Amelia Island. In conjunction with Southwestern Publishing Group out of Nashville, Tennessee a unique book celebrating all that is wonderful about Amelia Island is now available for sale.

According to Dave Kempf, publisher, the Historic Hospitality
series of books offers "beautifully crafted books that relate the cherished history of each geographic area, highlight beautiful historic and contemporary photography, and offer delicious recipes unique in the area." This will be the 6th book in the Historic Hospitality series. Other books have focused on Jekyll Island, St. Simon's Island, Belle Meade Plantation, the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville and the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  

The museum pulled together a talented team to make the book possible. It is, actually, three books in one. Tapped to coordinate the project, I found myself working with the staff of the museum, Steve Leimberg, Lisa Waas and Judy Pillans. Steve Leimberg, island photographer, is know for his breath taking photos of Amelia Island's natural beauty. Many of his iconic bird photographs are included in the new book as well as new, never seen photographs taken around the island. Teen Peterson, museum curator, spent hours patiently helping me sort through an amazing collection of archival photos. Recipes from local restaurants and cooks were carefully reviewed and tested by Lisa Waas, a food writer for the Florida Times-Union newspaper.
Judy Pillans, volunteer extraordinaire, helped keep us all on track, edit and even test many of the included recipes. The participating restaurants include include Bar Zin, Brett's Waterway Cafe, Kelly's Courtyard, The Happy Tomato, Leddie's Porch at the Florida House Inn, The Crab Trap, Joe's 2nd Street Bistro, The Salty Pelican, The Golf Club of Amelia, Cafe Karibo, The Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Gourmet Gourmet and the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. 

"Our book will be totally unique and everyone will want to have it in their Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach library or to give as a gift. Our publisher in Nashville has been a joy to work with and our island team is thrilled with the final product," shared Phyllis Davis, Executive Director of the island museum.

Meet Me On Amelia Island  is available at island book and gift stores and the Amelia Island Museum of History. For more information go to  or call 904-261-7378.

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