Chef Carlo Sernaglia talks about Margaritaville: The Cookbook

Concept Chef Carlo Sernaglia shares recipes from “Margaritaville: The Cookbook” that perfectly captures the Margaritaville state of mind.

Margaritaville conjures a vision of paradise and an invitation to kick back and enjoy good food with good friends. In the book, Chef Carlo shares his deep knowledge of Margaritville’s signature dishes along with his wide-ranging culinary inspirations. Acclaimed food writer Julia Turshen worked closely with Chef Carlo to create easy-to-prepare, do-it-yourself recipes. From breakfast, to a day at the beach, to cocktail hour and beyond, “MARGARITAVILLE: The Cookbook” has a recipe—and the story behind it—to suit a wide variety of tastes and occasions. Crowd-pleasers like the “Best Ever Chili” join upscale offerings like Lion Fish Carpaccio.

“Margaritaville is a laid-back state of mind and kickback and relax. Its escapism and what the doctor recommends for a healthy state of mind,” said Chef Carlo.

“We put together this wonderful cookbook, recipes of forty years of our recipes since the beginning from the first Margaritaville in Key West to what we are now as a brand with hotels and resorts,” said Chef Carlo. “There are different moments of Margarita life in this entire journey. We put together recipes that are simple easy to execute, stress-free and that you can enjoy with friends and family, have a great time and fun. That is the main ingredient here. The most important thing that you should not forget ever is relax. If you don’t relax then probably the recipe is not going to come out the right way.

New Book from Chip Bell: “Big Rig”

The 12th edition of the Jake Sullivan Series, “Big Rig“, is now available at Amazon (paperback or kindle edition).

Summary from the author: A seemingly innocent shipment is offloaded on the docks in Miami. Little do Jake Sullivan and Mike Lang realize that it is the beginning of their worst nightmare. Learning that nuclear weapons have been smuggled into the United States, Jake and Mike are charged by President Fletcher with finding them and the terrorists involved. Joined by an over-the-road trucker who has innocently become ensnared in the terrorists’ web, who provides Jake and Mike with vital information to aid them in their search, they follow lead after lead, some true and some false, ultimately finding themselves in the Arizona desert, where, aided by a scientist from Arizona State University, they unravel the nature of the true plot they face and race against time to stop an unspeakable calamity.

Margaritaville: The Cookbook coming May 2018

St. Martin’s Press and Margaritaville Holdings announced the publication of “MARGARITAVILLE: The Cookbook: Relaxed Recipes for a Taste of Paradise“, the first cookbook for the global lifestyle brand. Co-authored by Margaritaville concept chef Carlo Sernaglia and food writer Julia Turshen, the book features dishes that keep Margaritaville fans coming back for more – expertly translated into easy-to-prepare, do-it-yourself recipes. The book will be available in hardcover and e-book versions beginning May 1, 2018. Pre-order your copy now at Amazon.

The first official cookbook from the beloved world of Margaritaville features laid-back favorites like the explosively good Volcano Nachos and the heaven-on-earth-with-an-onion-slice Cheeseburger in Paradise, alongside more sophisticated options that will wow your guests (Coho Salmon in Lemongrass-Miso Broth, anyone?). With its combination of recipes, stories, and gorgeous full color food and lifestyle photographs throughout, it is sure to put you in a Margaritaville state of mind!

Margaritaville isn’t confined to single spot on the map — the recipes draw inspiration from around the world, from Jerk Chicken to Tuna Poke with Plantain Chips and Jimmy’s Jammin’ Jambalaya. And we’ve got you all covered, from family-friendly Aloha Hotdogs to drool-worthy Vegetarian Burgers.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere and no vacation is complete without a cocktail―preferably a margarita, of course! Margaritaville: The Cookbook is loaded with drink recipes to inspire your blissful island cocktail hour―from Jimmy’s Perfect Margarita and Paradise Palomas to Cajun Bloody Mary’s and the quintessential Key West Coconut and Lime Frozen Margarita.

Lucy Buffett’s new cookbook “Gumbo Love”

Lucy Buffett, sister to Jimmy, and owner of LuLu’s destination restaurants in Gulf Shores and Destin, will be releasing her newest cookbook on May 9, “Gumbo Love” Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining and Savoring the Good Life“. The book is available at

Since she was a young girl, Lucy Buffett has believed in the power of gumbo-the stirring, the transformation of the roux, the simple ingredients cooking up into something much better than just the sum of its parts. It’s only fitting that she signs her name with “Gumbo Love” and that she makes a living feeding people the most delicious, soul-satisfying food.

Her new cookbook, GUMBO LOVE, is a labor of love and includes recipes from all over the Gulf Coast. The dishes incorporate Caribbean, Cajun, Cuban, Mexican, Old Florida, and Creole influences. Lucy proves through her collection of recipes that the Gulf Coast has its own distinct flavors and traditions that make it a coastal destination year after year. And with some of the best seafood and produce the country has to offer, the Gulf Coast-beyond just New Orleans-has a vibrant cuisine and culture, making it a treasured culinary destination in its own right.

Lucy combines over one hundred new recipes with old favorites. She lives by her mother’s philosophy: “Life is short-eat dessert first,” so the very first chapter is filled with delectable sweets like Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries, Buttermilk Orange Chess Pie, and Salted Butterscotch Blondies.

Incorporating stories from Lucy’s childhood growing up in Mobile, Alabama, adventures traveling the seas as a cook, time spent working as a chef in New Orleans, and her philosophy of relaxation, gratitude, and seizing the day, this cookbook entertains and inspires as it serves up recipe after recipe, each tastier than the last.

Tampico Trauma (the Jake Sullivan Series)

Tampico Trama“, the tenth book in the Jake Sullivan Series by Chip Bell comes out on May 5th, 2017. It is now available at

About the new book: Having narrowly escaped a deadly attack in Bavaria, Jake and Mike return to Washington, D.C., and reveal what they believe to be the true identity of The Package and the role played by Group 45 in its disappearance. Still in need of the key to break Simon Branson s code, and ordered by President Fletcher to verify the identity and whereabouts of The Package , Jake and Mike travel to South America and then Mexico in search of the truth. That truth will come to light in a final confrontation in Tampico, Mexico, where unspeakable evil was hidden for decades in the world of art and culture. The final confrontation between Jake and Mike and the leaders of Group 45 is an unbelievable ending they never saw coming.

Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way

A new book by music journalist Ryan White “Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way” is the first definitive look at Buffett from his early days as a song writer to his current role as CEO of Margaritaville. The book comes out on May 9th, 2017 and is available for pre-order at

From acclaimed music critic and author of Springsteen: Album by Album comes the real story behind the legendary beach bum, rock star, and billionaire musician Jimmy Buffett—who has enchanted audiences of Parrotheads for over four decades with his tropical fantasy world of Margaritaville.

Jimmy Buffett is not your ordinary rock star—he’s a benevolent pirate icon of the tropical lifestyle and the CEO behind the “Margaritaville Industrial Complex,” a vast network of merchandise, chain restaurants, resorts, and lifestyle products all inspired by his country-rock hit “Margaritaville.” But before his worldwide success, he was a failed musician who couldn’t make it in the industry.

Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way is the first definitive story of Jimmy Buffett that gets to the heart of his journey as a musician and businessman and uncovers numerous wild and fascinating stories from the 70s and 80s. Acclaimed music writer and longtime Buffett fan Ryan White takes us to the many places from the musician’s life: Mobile, Alabama, where he was born and raised; Nashville, where he tried and failed to be a country music star; Key West, where he found his tribe; Aspen, where he befriended fellow landlocked pirate Hunter S. Thompson; and Tierra del Fuego, a place as far away from the world as possible that still has bottle service.

Full of interviews with many of Buffett’s friends, drinking buddies, and Coral Reefers, Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way gives Parrotheads an inside look into Buffett’s world and finally clears up the myths behind the song that he turned into a sought-after lifestyle and a billion-dollar industry.

Free Fall to Black available April 25th

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting author John H. Cunningham’s newest novel, the wait is nearly over. On Tuesday, April 25th, he will release his highly anticipated sixth novel, “Free Fall to Black“. And, yes, for faithful readers, it is a Buck Reilly Adventure! For new readers, Free Fall to Black is a prequel to the Buck Reilly Adventure Series. Be prepared to binge read the other five books: “Red Right Return”, “Green to Go”, “Crystal Blue”, “Second Chance Gold”, and “Maroon Rising”.

About “Free Fall to Black”: Travel back to 2006 and the penultimate moment of Buck Reilly’s former success when he discovers the crypt of the Mayan Serpent King and royal treasury in Guatemala, then marries top super model Heather Drake, and bask in his fifteen minutes of fame–before it suddenly blows apart.

By 2008, with the world economy on the brink of collapse, Buck and Jack Dodson’s company is already under siege due to fraud, backstabbing and greed that turns their friends and family alike into adversaries. Hubris and hasty decisions lead to irreversible consequences, and when a business partner turns up dead, business as usual isn’t business any more.

Pre-order the book via Amazon here: