Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill - March 2020

Florida Bookshelf

Books About the Sunshine State From Some of Its Best Authors

Regardless if Florida is your winter home or if you’re a lifelong Floridian, we can all agree there’s something special about the Sunshine State. In honor of Florida and March’s many literacy holidays, we want to share a few of our favorite local authors. The ‘Doc Ford’ Series by Randy Wayne White A local icon, Randy Wayne White is a true Floridian. White’s career began when the federal government permanently closed the bay he was working out of as a full-time fishing guide to powerboat traffic in 1988. Hotel hopping with his boat and a typewriter, White, a dad with two young sons, began his first novel. With the release of his first Doc Ford book, “Sanibel Flats,”White introduced the world to a now-beloved fictional universe and character. (Doc Ford is very real to Sanibel Island residents, who enjoy the restaurant prompted by White’s book!) White has written dozens of books centered around Ford and spin-off stories based on other characters from the Doc Ford series. The books are perfect for those looking for a

mystery that sends readers on a series of twists and turns from the very first line. ‘Swamplandia!’ by Karen Russell Hailing from Miami, Florida, Karen Russell highlights the swamps and gators that call Florida home in her New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize finalist book, “Swamplandia!”The book follows the Bigtree family, a gator-wrestling crew that runs a theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when the matriarch of the family falls ill and everything is thrown into ruin, it’s up to 13-year-old Ava Bigtree to save her family. ‘Florida Roadkill’ by Tim Dorsey If you prefer stories that feature a few morally questionable characters, look no further than “Florida Roadkill.”When a group of friends decides to defraud an insurance company by amputating the insured hand of a doctor, they set themselves up for an adventure that goes beyond insurance fraud. The money — all $5 million of it — is taken by passengers in the wrong rental car, and it’s a race against the clock for the thieves who all desperately want it. You’ll be left questioning who you should root for in this page-turning story.

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Keep dinner light, simple, and easy with this paleo-friendly recipe.


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2 salmon fillets (10 oz total)

1/3 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp ghee

1 tsp tapioca starch

1 tbsp garlic, minced

1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

Zest from 1 orange

DIRECTIONS: 1. Heat oven to 425 F, and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 2. Salt each fillet with 1/2 tsp salt. Bake for 6–8 minutes. 3. In a saucepan, combine ghee and garlic and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. 4. Add rosemary, zest, and juice. Cook for another 3 minutes. 5. Stir in tapioca starch until lumps disappear and mixture thickens. 6. Plate salmon and top with orange sauce. Inspired by

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