Hitz has made a name for himself in the culinary landscape of America’s most luxuriously renowned city, Beverly Hills. Heir to a Coca-Cola fortune, Hitz early on felt comfortable around the famous. Partnership in a successful Atlanta restaurant introduced him to daily life in the food business. Moving to California, he feted his new neighbors with the southern food he had learned from the family’s cook, overlaying it with sophisticated sensibilities absorbed at Parisian culinary school. His tables became a hit with Beverly Hills’ social set, and he fed such fashionable luminaries as Nancy Reagan, Nan Kempner, and Betsy Bloomingdale, serving them elegantly presented southern fried chicken, she-crab soup, gussied-up grits, and hummingbird cake. His recipes lend themselves to entertaining and will attract anyone looking for dinner party menu inspiration. The book is peppered with photographs of the author, his California celebrity friends, and his stylish cooking. --Mark Knoblauch
"It was love at first bite—with my first taste of Silver Queen Corn Pudding I knew Alex Hitz was a brilliant cook and knew I had to try everything in My Beverly Hills Kitchen
. There are endless Southern cookbooks, but few really stand out. This one does. It’s Southern food on Alex’s terms, revived, revamped and revved up, grand old plantation recipes (plus a few newer creations) prepared to foodie-pleasing, haute cuisine specs. Charming and wonderfully opinionated, Alex supplies expert directions and expert advice on entertaining. Brought up in Atlanta, trained at Le Cordon Bleu, tested by the realities of restaurant cooking and now purveyor of prepared gourmet food, he takes us from Gruyère-laced Crab Tarts (no crab cakes here), lavish Millionaire’s Macaroni and Cheese and biscuit-crusted Chicken Pot Pie to Dorothy’s ambrosial Coconut Cake. Just promise to make the Corn Pudding first!"
--Sybil Pratt, Bookpage
, Top 10 Cookbooks of 2012