The University of South Carolina Beaufort Lunch with Author 2022-2023 Series continues this month with the writers of two cookbooks that celebrate Southern cuisine and hospitality.

Mary Martha Greene, author of “The Cheese Biscuit Queen Tells All,” and David S. Shields, co-author of “Taste the State,” will share their stories and recipes at the event that starts at noon Dec. 16 at Belfair Clubhouse in Bluffton.

In “The Cheese Biscuit Queen Tells All,” Greene, a former lobbyist, pairs more than 100 tried-and-true recipes for dishes like country ham scones, Frogmore stew dip, shrimp and corn pie, and lemon pound cake with stories from her corner of the South. 

The book opens with the famous cheese biscuit recipe (complete with family secrets), and the pages that follow brim with fabulous characters, antic-filled anecdotes, and recipes so good they might just call for a change in State House rules (true story).

With new ideas for the consummate entertainer, helpful tips for less experienced cooks, and stories to make even the grumpiest legislator laugh, “The Cheese Biscuit Queen Tells All” has a place in every kitchen. 

Greene is a South Carolina native and former government relations consultant who perfected her entertaining skills for making friends and engaging clients during her 40-year career.

From the influence of 1920s fashion on asparagus growers to an heirloom watermelon lost and found, “Taste the State” abounds with surprising stories from South Carolina’s singularly rich food tradition. Authors Kevin Mitchell and David S. Shields present engaging profiles of 82 of the state’s most distinctive ingredients. These portraits, illustrated with original photographs and historical drawings, provide origin stories and tales of kitchen creativity and agricultural innovation. 

“Taste the State” presents the cultural histories of native ingredients and showcases the evolution of the dishes and the variety of preparations that have emerged. Here you will find true Carolina cooking in all of its cultural depth, historical vividness, and sumptuous splendor – from the plain home cooking of sweet potato pone to Lady Baltimore cake worthy of a Charleston society banquet.

Shields is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of the English Language and Literature Department at the University of South Carolina and the chair of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation. He is the author of numerous books, including “Southern Provisions: The Creation and Revival of a Cuisine” and “The Culinarians: Lives and Careers from the First Age of American Fine Dining,” and the recipient of the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award. 

Tickets for the event are $50. Books will be available for purchase and the authors will be signing books. Belfair Clubhouse is located at 200 Belfair Oaks Blvd. in Bluffton.

For tickets and more information, visit USCBCenterForTheArts.com or call 843-521-4145.