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

Edible Orlando’s Pam Brandon & Katie Farmand  and Orlando Sentinel’s Heather McPherson shared with us a few backstories about their second cookbook together, Good Catch: Recipes & Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters. Three of the most influential women in Florida’s Food Movement, this tasteful trio first appeared on Front Porch Radio to promote their first book together: Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans. Amongst many things we discussed were Sheepshead (the ugly fish), fancy Hemingway inspired cocktails, and towards the very end we heard some tips for local food entrepreneurs to get noticed by media. Listen in:

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About the Book

goodcatchSurrounded by water on three sides with an inland maze of lakes, rivers, streams, and springs, Florida has a fishing culture unlike any other state and with it comes an abundance of delectable recipes. Following their award-winning Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans, authors Pam Brandon, Katie Farmand, and Heather McPherson take readers on a journey to savor the bounty of the state’s countless waterways and bring these distinctly Floridian recipes from the sea to your table.

In Good Catch, the authors befriend the fishermen, the frog giggers, and the shrimpers whose pride in their hard work is near tangible and whose joy comes from spending time so close to nature. Their stories, evoking a way of life that has endured for generations, will transform you—if you have not been already—into a champion of local fishermen.

From amberjack to snook, from roasted Apalachicola oysters to steamed spiny lobster from the Florida Keys—plus, all the accompanying starters, salads, and sides—Good Catch brings Sunshine State flavor into your kitchen.


PAM BRANDON is managing editor of Edible Orlando magazine and a food columnist for OrlandoSentinel.com and the Palm Beach Post. She has written twelve cookbooks, including  the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Cookbook. Her favorite Florida seafood, hands down, is wild-caught, crispy fried shrimp with a splash of lemon.

KATIE FARMAND, a proud Florida native, is an Orlando-based food writer, recipe developer, and food stylist. She is the editor of Edible Orlando magazine. She grew up deep-sea fishing with her grandparents and, to this day, a sandwich made with fried freshly caught grouper is her definition of perfection. This is her second cookbook.

HEATHER McPHERSON is the food editor and restaurant critic for the Orlando Sentinel and OrlandoSentinel.com. She is a past president of the Association of Food Journalists and is author of two cookbooks, coauthor of five cookbooks, and editor of three others. She loves all Florida seafood, but grouper with a lemony caper-dill sauce is her favorite.

This show originally aired on October 14th at 4pm EST live on WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL.