This image is the cover for the book Time to Cook

Time to Cook

The Southern lifestyle guru and Wall Street Journal bestselling author “harvests his garden for a bountiful feast made for every season” (Savannah Magazine).

Southern food is more than cornbread, biscuits, and fried chicken. Cook and designer James Farmer, known as “a Martha Stewart of the South,” revamps the menu with his own twists on traditional Southern dishes (ergo, Peach and Pecan Chicken Salad, Collard Cole Slaw, Plum and Persimmon Pork Tenderloin). Stitched together with a combination of tradition and nostalgia, Farmer’s dishes are updated for today’s lifestyle without sacrificing the scrumptious delight that is the hallmark of Southern foods, all using what is fresh and best, gleaned from the land and garden and steeped in heritage.

Praise for James T. Farmer and his books

“A Southern gentleman who’s just as charming in the garden as he is in the kitchen. He’s compiled all his botanical experiences into A Time to Plant.”—Harper’s Bazaar

A Time to Cook, A Time to Plant and A Time to Celebrate are titles of three of his books that inspire readers to cultivate, decorate and salivate over their own efforts in the kitchen. His books contain descriptive text combined with colorful photographs and garden-to-table recipes.”—The Virginian-Pilot

James T. Farmer

James T. Farmer III is the author of A Time to Plant. His company, James Farmer Designs, specializes in landscape and interior design. James is a proponent of garden living and entertaining, or weaving the bounties of the garden into your daily life. Find him at He lives in Kathleen, Georgia.

Gibbs Smith