Good Catch: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters

by Pam Brandon, Katie Farmand, and Heather McPherson

“An invaluable source for seafood lovers everywhere.”—Emeril Lagasse

“The recipes are delicious, and I love the use of classic ideas with modern twists.”—Michelle Bernstein

“Not only is this a book to cook from, it’s a book from which to carve an understanding of Florida.”—Norman Van Aken

“Filled with beautiful photos, amazing recipes, and great stories, Good Catch exposes the real Florida.”—Stephanie Izard, winner of Top Chef Season 4

If you’ve been following the current oyster crisis in Apalachicola Bay, you’ve seen just how important the fishing industry is for Florida’s economy. This new book by veteran food journalists celebrates communities that have depended on Florida’s seafood industry for generations. We are pleased to announce the publication of Good Catch, a beautiful book that preserves Florida’s unique fishing culture in stories, photos, and recipes.

Apalachicola’s oyster community is one of the places featured in the book. “Ninety percent of Florida’s oysters come from here,” say coauthors Pam Brandon, Katie Farmand, and Heather McPherson. “However, due to excessive drought conditions in the bay caused by a dwindling supply of water from two rivers that start in Georgia, oyster harvest has seen a marked decline over the last few years.”

Good Catch evokes a way of life that is now threatened due to overfishing and water shortages. Befriending the fishermen, the frog giggers, and the shrimpers who take pride in their hard work and whose joy comes from spending time so close to nature, the authors hope to transform readers into champions of local fishermen.

“It seems as though everyone in Apalachicola has a recipe for oyster stew,” say the authors of Good Catch. Here’s their own recipe, which you’ll find in the book. Go ahead and give it a try! The recipe serves 6 to 8.

Oyster Stew

Credit: Diana Zalucky
Oyster stew. Credit: Diana Zalucky

 

Good Catch continues the culinary journey the authors began in their award-winning Florida farm-to-table cookbook Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans. “We actually started thinking of the idea for this book as we worked on Field to Feast,” the authors say. “We started adding local seafood to the book as its own chapter and realized that it was more than a chapter; it was a book in itself.”

From left: Heather McPherson, Katie Farmand, and Pam Brandon. Credit: Diana Zalucky

Surrounded by water on three sides with an inland maze of lakes, rivers, streams, and springs, Florida has long had a fishing culture unlike any other state. Good Catch takes readers on a journey to savor the bounty of the state’s countless waterways and celebrate its distinctly Floridian recipes and stories for years to come.

“A book to be cherished and devoured! Good Catch is filled with tantalizing, easy-to-follow recipes.”—Susan Puckett, coauthor of Eat Drink Delta

“A deep treasure chest of seasonal coastal Florida recipes and intimate storytelling about the people who catch, cook, and serve the Sunshine State’s underwater bounty.”—Jeff Houck, food editor, Tampa Tribune

Pam Brandon, Katie Farmand, and Heather McPherson will launch their new book on Wednesday, October 29, 7:00pm–9:00pm, at The APEX, East End Market (3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando, Florida). Join the authors for craft cocktails, Rioja wine and tastes from Good Catch! The event is free and open to the public.

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