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Chef and restaurateur Alexander Smalls mixes music and meals in new cookbook

Alexander Smalls’ Meals, Music, and Muses (Photo provided)

What were your first experiences like in the kitchen?

Growing up in a Southern home was very much about gathering at the dinner table, a picnic or barbecue. People were legendary for their recipes. There were certain people in the community that made certain dishes better than everybody else. It was a source of pride and great meals. I learned as a young boy that the person who wielded the spoon, ruled everything. I was fortunate enough that my father was in the grocery business growing up. My grandfather had a garden in our backyard and there were chefs and cooks on both sides of my family.

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