Don't expect to find the Nuge waiting for a table at the Grit. This Athens, Georgia, vegetarian bistro -- housed in a building owned by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe -- has a far-flung reputation as the indie-rock Moosewood, although, as owners Jessica Greene and Ted Hafer point out in The Grit Cookbook , "we're not food snobs or health police." Mac and Cheese, 45 rpm Pancakes, and BBQ Tofu are the restaurant's idea of down-home veggie fare, whose glories are sung by members of the B-52's, Cracker, and Fugazi.
Somewhat more traditional soul food is on the stove in The Blues Highways Cookbook , by Jason R. Girard. With asides about bluesmen such as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Girard, the chef of the blues club Buddy Guy's Legends, in Chicago, serves up recipes for Hoppin' John, sweet buttermilk cornbread, and peach cobbler -- homey grub that would have any road-weary musician singing for his supper.(Mark Rozzo)