Besh Autographs Cookbook

Meridian, Miss. John Besh, author of "Cooking from the Heart," hosted a book signing at Weidmann's on Saturday.

Besh has six restaurants in New Orleans. Dozens gathered to have their books signed and to have their pictures taken. Besh is a Meridian native and says it was a blessing to be able to see old friends and family who are here. He tries to visit Meridian after Thanksgiving each year and says his book is filled with all that he's learned about food over the years.

"I'm trying to inspire people to cook," Besh explains. "Cook for your families, cook at home, and don't forget about that family table. Cooking from the heart is really about cooking and the life lessons I discovered through food, through my mentors and apprenticeships. It's me just selling those great lessons with the world. "

Besh says coming back to Meridian is an experience he always looks forward to.