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A top Charlotte chef needs your help

Bruce Moffett’s first cookbook will cover his culinary journey from Rhode Island to the South.
Bruce Moffett’s first cookbook will cover his culinary journey from Rhode Island to the South. Observer files

So you dream about writing a cookbook but you know you probably won’t get that off your bucket list? You can get a little closer by helping a Charlotte chef test recipes for one.

Bruce Moffett, the chef-owner of a string of Charlotte restaurants including Barrington’s, Stagioni and Good Food on Montford, is working on his first cookbook with co-author Keia Mastrianni. “South By North,” focusing on Moffett’s life in Rhode Island and the South, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2019.

Moffett is looking for home cooks to test the book’s 125 recipes to make sure they work in a home kitchen. Using home testers isn’t uncommon in the world of cookbook publishing, particularly when the recipes have been developed by a chef using a restaurant kitchen, where the equipment and ingredients aren’t always the same as what home cooks can access.

The testers would be volunteers only, and there is no stipend to cover the cost of ingredients. The number of recipes that each volunteer would make will depend on the number of volunteers who agree to do it. Volunteers would get to choose which and how many recipes they’ll test, and will have about three weeks to complete the work. They’ll be asked to fill out a small survey about each one.

The recipe testing will start about Aug. 28 and will need to be completed by Sept. 15.

If you’re interested in being a volunteer, message Moffett through Instagram, @chefbrucemoffett, or email Laura Houston of M-Squared Public Relations, laura@msquaredpr.com.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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