Stephanie Stewart-Howard’s is a journalist and author whose resume also includes work as an artist, actor, costume designer and researcher. She received her BA and MA from the Universities of Iowa and Nebraska (Omaha), respectively. After spending several years as managing editor and primary writer at Nashville Lifestyles magazine, she decided to leap into the book and freelance world.
Ron Manville is a culinary/lifestyle photographer who has photographed sixty-six cookbooks that have garnered seventeen National and International awards, including four James Beards. He is a contributing photographer for Art Culinare, Grace Ormonde's Wedding Style magazine, Local Palate, Nashville Lifestyles, and many other publications.
“From fine dining to food trucks, Stewart-Howard highlights the chefs and recipes that make up the Nashville culinary experience. More than just a collection of recipes, this book presents the rich culture and history of the city through beautiful photography and engaging stories. Perfect for anyone interested in Nashville.”
––Sara Lee Burd, Executive Editor, Nashville Arts Magazine
“There are few things more sacred to chefs than their recipes. It takes a gracefully persuasive person like Stephanie to convince them to share these precious gifts with her readers. It also takes a writer as talented as Stephanie to express the passion for which these Nashville culinary artists put into their cooking. If she recommends a restaurant, I'm immediately on the phone making reservations! This book allows readers to take a culinary tour of Music City either on the road or in their own home kitchen.”––Chris Chamberlain, Food and Drink writer, Nashville Scene and Nashville Lifestyles and author of The Southern Foodie
“Stephanie has selected the best for her quest of Nashville restaurants. She writes with passion and authority in this wide-ranging staple of Southern palates.”––Daisy King, author of Miss Daisy Celebrates Tennessee and other books
“Nashville Chef’s Table is a must-have for anyone in search of a good, southern meal. It made this homesick former Franklin resident both nostalgic and extremely hungry. Stephanie Stewart-Howard has perfectly captured the city’s unique and diverse flavors with an incomparable selection of recipes that will send you straight to the kitchen, desperate to start cooking––and eating.”––Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Emily series and the novel Elizabeth: The Golden Age
“Stephanie doesn't just eat at a restaurant or visit a distillery to write about a product. She invests her time in getting to know the story of a company . . . . She takes as much pride in her research as many suppliers take in their handcrafted products: from farm to table, from grain to distillation.”––Kendall Mitchell Gemmill, Grand Divisions Beverage
“Stephanie Stewart not only possesses the skills of a true food critic, she is a passionate foodie and a ‘Nashville Original’ in her own right. We're fortunate to have her voice spreading the word about Nashville's thriving culinary scene.”––Cindy Dupree, PR Director, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
“In her beautiful book, Stephanie Stewart may not disclose morel mushroom patches, but she will help you recreate some of the secret tips that make Nashville’s restaurants world class. Whether recreating Bella Nashville’s pizza dough, Sloco’s delicious caraway slaw, or your favorite Holland House Bar and Refuge cocktail, this guide to the best food and drink the city will serve your palate well. While some of the best of Nashville––whether Martin’s whole hog BBQ pit or Bella Nashville’s giant wood fired stove––still must be experienced first hand, Stewart helps us bring creations of pioneers of the Nashville food scene into the comfort of our own kitchens.”
––Sarah Bellos, Stony Creek Colors