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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Matt Lee & Ted Lee at work on Charleston cookbook

Ink big deal for two books

Posted by Stephanie Barna on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Ted (left) and Matt at a recent Iron Chef viewing party
  • Ted (left) and Matt at a recent Iron Chef viewing party

If you've spotted Matt Lee pushing a baby stroller around town these days, there's a good reason. Matt and his brother Ted, a.k.a. the Lee Bros., have inked a deal with Clarkson Potter to write The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen, a book their agent says will be the "definitive guide to Charleston and its cuisine." Matt says details are still being worked out, and they will know more come mid-February.

In the meantime, the cookbook authors and boiled peanut salesmen, who split their time between Charleston and New York, have moved their families down South for a spell. Matt says he plans for his wife and son to be here until May.

Last week, their agent told Publisher's Weekly that the "high six-figure deal" includes two books. In addition to the Charleston book, the brothers will also write a memoir about their experiences in the food world.

Can't say I'm surprised about that. Their story about introducing New York City to boiled peanuts has become legend (thanks to their boiled peanut catalogue, which is as much about the stories as the products).

You can expect the two to make some appearances at the upcoming Charleston Wine + Food Festival and perhaps at Charleston Cooks, where we caught them last year working through some recipes for Simple Fresh Southern, which was named the Best Cookbook by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. To keep up with their latest news, check out simplefreshsouthern.com

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