Husband-and-wife team Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence started sharing creative recipes for the home cook via The Chubby Vegetarian blog in 2008 (www.thechubbyvegetarian.com). Their popular first cookbook, The Southern Vegetarian: 100 Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Table (Thomas Nelson) was released in 2013. Later that year, Burks and Lawrence were invited to speak at the James Beard House in New York City for the Enlightened Eaters series; they cooked three dishes and gave a lecture on their unique style of healthy Southern cooking. Their blog along with their expertise with vegetarian cuisine was highlighted on The Great Food Truck Race on The Food Network, and Justin was the judge for the show’s vegetarian challenge in Memphis. In addition, they filmed cooking segments at their home for P. Allen Smith’s nationally syndicated program Garden Style. The couple just released their second book on November 1st called The Chubby Vegetarian: 100 Inspired Vegetable Recipes for the Modern Table (Susan Schadt Press, 2016).
The Chubby Vegetarian cookbook is a compelling guide to modern vegetarian cuisine and is a game changer for the home cook! The Chubby Vegetarian’s innovative recipes reimagine vegetables as the star of the plate. Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence have put their own unique spin on vibrant fare from all over the world with creative recipes for Carrot “Lox”, Shiitake Ramen, Beet and Goat Cheese Ravioli, Grilled Eggplant Bánh Mì sandwiches, and many more surprising culinary translations.
Together, Justin and Amy create and photograph recipes and write articles about their passion for healthy food. Their work and recipes have been highlighted in The New York Times Well blog, The Washington Post, Woman’s Day, The Kitchn, Local Palate, The Huffington Post, Memphis Magazine, Edible Memphis, and The Memphis Flyer. Burks and Lawrence live in their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee with their three dogs. Outside of their time spent in the kitchen, Justin is a freelance photographer with 20 years of experience, and Amy teaches English.