By Elizabeth Lanier contributing writer
Madison welcomed New York Times Best Selling Author, Mary Kay Andrews, to town on Thursday, June 8 to share the excitement surrounding Andrews’ very first cookbook, The Beach House Cookbook. This is Andrews’ third consecutive year coming to Madison to raise money for a good cause as well as do a book signing. This year, all the proceeds raised from the event went to the Boys and Girls Club, an organization that aids young people into becoming responsible leaders and citizens.
Andrews lives in Atlanta, and before she took the plunge into writing her own novels, she worked for the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC): “I loved working for newspapers, but I felt like I had bigger stories to tell and wanted to be home with my kids. So, I started to write fiction,” said Andrews. She also went on to explain why she loves Madison and keeps coming back, “The people here are so friendly, and I love raising money for a good cause.”
The event took place at Variety Works and kicked off with some good eating! The food was a total hit, as every food from the buffet was straight out of Andrews’ cookbook. This was Andrews’ first cookbook, and her inspiration to write it stemmed from her love to cook, “I’ve always loved to cook and entertain, and I thought it would be fun to write down all of our old family recipes,” she said.
After the crowd was finished eating, Karen Robertson, a Boys and Girls Club leader, came up to explain what the club does and how important it is. “You all are the reason the Boys and Girls Club is able to be in existence,” she said before handing over the spotlight to a few members who took to the stage to recite the mission of the club and perform “America the Beautiful”. President, Connie Bryans also announced the new CEO of the Boys and Girls Club, Bob Mackey who came up to speak about his positive experience with the organization and how honored he was to be given the title of CEO.
Last, but certainly not least, Andrews stood up to speak about how excited she was to see such a great organization in action. She also went on to talk about some of the recipes in the book, and she ended by telling the audience her secret ingredient for every recipe, “The most important ingredient in this cookbook is love. To me, cooking is about love,” she said.
There’s no doubt that everyone there enjoyed the company, the food, and the entertainment. Andrews says that she will hopefully be back next year with a “real” book.