Anthony Lamas, an award-winning Kentucky chef with Tulare County roots, will be holding a book signing 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Vintage Press, 216 N Willis St., in Visalia.
He will also be in Fresno on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Barnes & Noble, 7849 North Blackstone Ave., from 2-4 p.m.
Lamas is owner of Seviche, a Latin restaurant, and author of his first cookbook, “Southern Heat: New Southern Cooking, Latin Style.” The 281-page book, co-authored by Gwen Pratesi, is a collection of recipes featuring everything from Latin classics like Puerto Rican mofongo, a fried plantain dish, to Nashville-style habanero hot chicken. Celebrity chef Bobby Flay calls, “An American treasure with a Latin beat.”
Lamas grew up in Southern California and Tulare County, where he discovered his love of cooking. He was a frequent visitor to his uncle’s Porterville restaurant, Lamasty.
He opened his restaurant Seviche in 2005 to rave reviews and was the 2011 Food Network Extreme Chef Winner.