Sunday, August 5, 2012

This is a great opportunity for college students all across Kentucky.

Western Kentucky Publisher Celebrity Cookbooks is one of Five Scholarship sponsors for the 2012 Business of Writing Summit at University of Louisville Aug. 11-12. With Keynote speakers Andrea Gardener of Glasgow, Scotland and Peggy DeKay of Louisville, KY  Students participating in this year’s summit come from  Ashford University, Northern Kentucky University, and University of Louisville. For more information on the Summit

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Recipe from Kentucky Down Under included in The Kentucky Cookbook!!!

Author and Kentucky native Pam Whinnery will be signing her Celebrity Cookbooks this weekend, Saturday, June 30 at the Horse Cave, KY Book Fest 2012, along with over 100 authors from across the nation. Whinnery’s book signing of both her Kentucky and Tennessee cookbooks is serving as a fundraiser for the Kentucky Repertory Theatre.

Now in its sixth printing the cookbook, “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” is a celebration of all things Kentucky. It not only has recipes from famous celebrities such as Bill Monroe, Ashley Judd, and magician Lance Burton, but recipes from various historical locations, tourist attractions, and unique Kentucky celebrations.

The bestselling author has had the opportunity to participate in several of these incredible celebrations. Joe Pruitt, organizer of the National Corvette Homecoming ask her to do a book signing at the event as a fundraiser for the Bowling Green Chapter of the American Cancer Society. The Annual Homecoming is in Bowling Green, which is the home of the only Corvette plant in the world and the National Corvette Museum.

Probably the most unusual and fun event is the Annual Great Outhouse Blowout Race held at Penn’s Store in Gravel Switch, KY (near Danville). The September event is carried live on ESPN. The celebration first started in 1992 as an Outhouse Dedication Ceremony at America's oldest country store, still in ownership and operation by the same family since 1845. The historic '92 event included performances by Chet Atkins and Bill Edd Wheeler. Dawn Lane Osborn, granddaughter of Alma 'Tincy' Penn invited Pam to do a book signing as a fundraiser for Penn’s Store and its OUTHOUSE, which are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, a Kentucky Historical Landmark, and a Kentucky Centennial Business.

Her second cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities,” which is in its third printing has recipes from Reese Witherspoon, Elvis, & basketball legend Lionel Hollins. The cookbook was part of a book signing by the author and John Carter Cash at the 40th Annual Museum of Appalachia Fall Homecoming. This celebration is honoring Appalachian Folk life through music and crafts.

Come join the fun this Saturday, 10am-6pm at Horse Cave, KY. If you cannot attend this amazing book event, but would like a copy of Whinnery’s cookbooks, or would like to use them as a fundraiser for a non-profit organization in your community, you may contact the author at: Pamela Whinnery, 5754 Lovelaceville Rd. Paducah, KY, 42001; e-mail, or she can be reached at 270-554-5332. For more information on the cookbooks, go to her website: The suggested retail price is $19.95 each with 50% of the cost going to the non-profit organization.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Country Music Star Eddie Montgomery of MontgomeryGentry will be hosting a Songwriters and Authors Event at his Steakhouse inHarrodsburg, KY. Come join the fun Friday and Saturday night, April 20 and 21from 6:00 1:00 a.m.
To start offthe activities Kentucky author Pamela Whinnery will be signing her cookbooks” Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” and “Country Goodness Recipes
of Tennessee Celebrities.” Following this will be numerous Kentucky
Songwriters from across the state performing their music.
On Saturday there will be The 5th Annual Kentucky Writer’s Celeb Showcase
from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 West Hills Community Theatre in Danville,
KY with Poets, Authors, Writers, Playwrights, Journalists, Songwriters
performing, reading from their works, signing books, and CDs. Then on Sunday
April 22 there will be a second Showcase with additional performers from 12:00
to 5:00 Penn Store, Gravel Switch, KY.
All of the participants are coming together for this special event as part of the Kentucky
Literary Week Celebration, with proceeds going to Historic Penn Store. The
store was built in 1847 and has been operated by the same family for 4
generations. The Store was damaged last year during the record flooding of the
Cumberland River.
For a list of participants, schedule of events, and directions go

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Earl Scruggs 1924-2012

Bluegrass legend and banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs, who helped profoundly change country music with Bill Monroe in the 1940s and later with guitarist Lester Flatt, has died. He was 88.
Mr., Scruggs graciously contributed a recipe to my Tennessee cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.” He was best known for “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” a rollicking number recorded in 1949 with the group the Foggy Mountain Boys. The song was used as the getaway music in the 1967 film “Bonnie and Clyde”; and “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” the theme song of the 1960s television sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies,” which he performed with Lester Flatt.
He also helped shape the “high, lonesome sound” of Bill Monroe, often called the father of bluegrass, and pioneered modern banjo playing. His innovative use of three fingers in an up-picking style, rather than the mostly two-fingered claw-hammer down-picking technique,
elevated the five-string banjo to a lead or solo instrument.
His family is in our thoughts and prayers. He will be greatly missed.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Dance of Life
By Pat Banks
One day and Counting to Kentucky Crafted: The Market in Lexington.
I promised to do blogs this week in Market participants, who contributed to the cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities.”
While at the Market, meet watercolor artist Pat Banks from Richmond. She will be at Booth 130. Pat balances her duties as a professional artist and a children’s book illustrator. I have a copy of her book “A is for Appalachia.” Banks has had the opportunity to be a visiting artist in other parts of the United States as wellas
Japan, Ecuador and France. Her work is absolutely beautiful.

I had the pleasure of doing a book signing with Pat as a fundraiser for Eastern Kentucky University’s Kentucky River Keepers. Pat graciously shared her recipe for Curried Seafood Salad for the Kentucky cookbook.

Don’t forget to stop by my Booth 408 at the Market, March 1-4, at the Lexington Convention Center, with the cookbooks “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” and the recently released “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.” We are offering special SHOW PROMOTIONS.

1.For orders placed prior to or during the show of 10 or more cookbooks, we will provide FREE SHIPPING.

2.For orders placed prior to or during the show of 20 or more, in addition to free shipping we will give you 2 FREE Cookbooks on both wholesale business and individual retail orders. This is a $50.00 Promotion (shipping and 2 cookbooks at retail value of $19.95) with the purchase of 20 cookbooks at $199.00 wholesale price.

See you there!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Ruth Hunt Candy

Ruth Hunt Candy
3 Days and Counting until Kentucky Crafted: The Market. The next few days I will do blogs on a couple of contributors to the Kentucky Cookbook Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities, who also will be participating in The Market.

When you go to The Market in Lexington this week, be sure to check out Ruth Hunt Candies, which is located in Booth 417 in the Specialty Foods Section. They contributed a recipe to the cookbook for “Blue Monday Cream Pie”, which is made from their Blue Monday Candy Bars.

About Ruth Hunt Candy: It all began in the kitchen of her Mt. Sterling, Kentucky home, where Ruth Tharpe Hunt served homemade sweets to her bridge club. In 1921 she decided to start a small candy business. Today, still located in Mt. Sterling, Ruth Hunt Candies remains a Kentucky landmark.

Ruth Hunt continually adds products to her list. Today there are approximately 70 kinds of candy. They are proud to be celebrating their 91st year in business and are so appreciative of all their customers for the support over the years!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Folk Life Stage at 2012 Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Folk Life Stage at 2012 Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Bob Gates, Folk Life Director for the Kentucky Arts Council and The Kentucky Historical Society has invited Pamela Whinnery, local author and owner of Celebrity Cookbook Publications to do a presentation and cooking demonstration on the Folk Life Stage at the 2012 Kentucky Crafted: The Market. Whinnery will be preparing “Italian Pork Loin,” a recipe submitted to her cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” by Academy Award Winner and Louisville native Bub Asman. The presentation will be Saturday, March 3rd at 5:00 p.m.

This is the second year for the Folk Life Stage and Whinnery’s participation” “The Folk Life Stage is such a fun event and exciting addition to the Market.” Whinnery stated. Last year she prepared a “Southern Spice Tea” from her cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities;” The recipe was contributed by actress Reese Witherspoon, who is from Nashville.

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, The Market will return to Lexington in 2012. The award-winning arts marketplace, which had its debut in 1981 at the Kentucky Horse Park, will come home after a long run in Louisville at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The award-winning arts marketplace, the annual wholesale/retail show of art, craft, books, music and artisan food products will be held March 1 – 4, 2012, at the Lexington Convention Center, 430 W. Vine St., Lexington, Ky.

The Market features more than 200 juried artists, authors, and musicians offering shoppers jewelry, wearable art, home decor, furniture, paintings, prints, photographs and artisan foods along with Kentucky-related books, CDs and DVDs. It will feature two full days of hands-on workshops and activities on the Folk Life Stage and an exciting lineup of hourly performances by musicians to the Kentucky

The first two days of The Market are the wholesale trade show days, which are open exclusively to qualified business owners who sell products in retail venues. The wholesale days act as an economic generator for Kentucky, annually attracting 500 – 600 buyers from 15–20 states. Kentucky Crafted: The Market opens to the public on March 3 and 4, giving customers an opportunity to purchase new work before it hits the store shelves or is installed on gallery walls.To find more information on the Market and to purchase discount tickets go to the Kentucky Arts Council’s website: