Asheville, N.C. – Our Family Table: Recipes & Lessons From a Life Abroad is a stylish collection of doable recipes, smart tips and family stories by Susan Murray, resident traveler and innkeeper at Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, N.C.
Susan Murray grew up dividing her time between North Carolina and Connecticut, in a family of diplomats. At age 26, she packed her copy of The Joy of Cooking and moved to Paris for her new husband’s job. Twenty-seven years later, after living in Paris, Hong Kong, London and Singapore, the couple returned to the United States and bought the Carolina Bed and Breakfast in the historic Montford District of Asheville in 2009.
Successful empty nesters, they painted the living room of their 1901 Arts and Crafts-style bungalow a vibrant sapphire blue; they filled their home with art and family treasures collected from around the world. James helped guests plan their Asheville adventures. Susan planted her garden and cooked.
“The fun of creating a great dish and sharing it with others is something everyone should experience,” Susan says. “The recipes are a distillation of all the things I have learned, tasted, seen and done. It shouldn’t be scary to cook a meal. If I can help someone cook for their friends and everyone enjoys it, this book is a success.”
Insider Recipe Notes: Pumpkin Blondies (page 109), a pumpkin-spiced bar packed withwhite chocolate and butterscotch chips, is the most
requested recipe at Carolina Bed & Breakfast. Six-ingredient Greek Lemon Chicken (page 81) is favored by adult daughters Abby and Sarah. Daughter Emily leans toward the Shepherd’s Pie (page 89). Fellow innkeeper and husband James craves the seasonal Peach Soup (page 10) spiked with peach schnapps and fresh mint. Susan has served her mother’s Barbecue Leg of Lamb (page 85) at parties everywhere. She’s imported from England a holiday tradition of Mince Pies (page 112).
Upcoming Events/ Book Signings
Dec. 8, 2016 Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café Day of Signings, Asheville, NC. 10 am -11 am
Dec. 9, 2016 Asheville Visitor Center, Book Signing in retail shop, Asheville NC. 9:30 am – 1 pm
Dec. 10, 2016 21st Annual Montford Holiday Tour of Homes, Book Signing; tour ticket required, Asheville, NC. 1 pm – 5 pm
Jan. 25-26, 2017 “Breakfast Around the World” Cooking School Package at Carolina Bed & Breakfast—guests receive a three-hour cooking lesson with Susan Murray, a signed cookbook and two-night accommodations with gourmet breakfast, evening reception and tuck-in dessert plus a 10 percent discount at Chiesa Italian Restaurant.
Feb. 24-26, 2017 Susan will cook as a special guest at Charlotte’s Southern Spring Home & Garden Show on the Savor NC Cooking Stage. The event is held at the Park Expo and Conference Center. Watch her website for details on timing.
March 1-2, 2017 “Desserts and Cookies” Cooking School Package at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast—guests receive a three-hour cooking lesson with Susan Murray, a signed cookbook and two-night accommodations with gourmet breakfasts, evening reception and tuck-in dessert plus a 10 percent discount at Chiesa Italian Restaurant.
March 15-16, 2017 “Canapes and Hors d’oeuvres” Cooking School Package at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast—guests receive s three-hour cooking lesson with Susan Murray, a signed cookbook and two-night accommodations with gourmet breakfasts, evening reception and tuck-in dessert plus a 10 percent discount at Chiesa Italian Restaurant.
Buy the cookbook at these Asheville locations: Asheville Visitor Center, Malaprops, New Morning Gallery (Biltmore Village), Nest, Avedian Coast, Duncan and York Modern Market, Mountain Made Art Gallery and Carolina Bed & Breakfast or order online at carolinabb.com.
About the book: “100 Percent Local” Asheville
The 128-page, four-color cookbook is paperback and costs $21.99. Edited by cookbook author and culinary professional Debby Maugans, the book was designed Susan McBride with photography by Erin Adams. All of these professionals are based in Asheville. Murray says, “This book is 100 percent local.”
About Susan Murray
Susan Murray is co-owner, innkeeper and tastemaker at Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, NC. Her inn’s signature food and hospitality were showcased this fall by Atlanta Magazine. Charlotte’s QNotes, Fit Triangle Mom, the NC Blogger Network, Getaways for Grownups, Gap Creek Gourmet and Points North Atlanta have featured the inn. RomanticAsheville.com names the Carolina Bed & Breakfast as one of the “top-rated bed and breakfasts” in Asheville. Susan serves as the marketing chair for the 16-member Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association. The association’s Fall Farm and Artisan Tour she helped create was featured by the New York Times in 2015.