A Chef’s Story


Deep Run Roots

In her new cookbook, Deep Run Roots, award-winning chef and co-creator of the PBS show “A Chef’s Life” Vivian Howard shares her culinary journey.

Howard grew up in a farming community in Eastern North Carolina called Deep Run, and while it was the last place she thought she’d end up, she returned home after a stint in New York City to build her own restaurant.

Her Kinston restaurant, Chef and the Farmer, has become a great success since its opening 10 years ago, thanks to Howard’s vision of cooking with fresh, North Carolina ingredients as the stars of each dish.

In Deep Run Roots, Howard shares the family traditions and influences behind each recipe, showing readers that food should have a story. Recipes include everything from Blueberry BBQ Chicken, Butterbean Hummus and Pecan-Chewy Pie to Country-Style Pork Ribs, Cool Cucumber Crab Dip, and Peaches and Cream Cake.


  1. Dean Ellison

    December 10, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Attempted to register to win “Deep Run Roots” but to no avail. I am not interested in a commitment right now but this book could be the turning point of my decision. Is this for real or just a gimmick to lure you in? I live in New Bern so it is not that far away. Was even interested in traveling to the restaurant at some point.

  2. Pamela M. King

    December 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I am trying to enter to win the cookbook but I am experiencing problems. Please advise.

  3. Janet Baker

    December 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I am also having problems trying to enter to win cookbook!

  4. nancy crumbacker

    December 12, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    trying to register for cookbook

  5. jeanette avery

    December 30, 2016 at 10:09 am

    cannot register for cookbook give away?

    • jeanette avery

      December 30, 2016 at 10:12 am

      my apologies – just found site – thanks – jja

  6. Barbara King

    January 4, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Where will you publish the winners of the 5 copies of the cookbook? Surely you won’t just leave us wondering!

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