HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- The cookbook southern food and culture is now mainstream thanks to celebrity chefs like Paula Deen and Emeril Lagassee
The author Christy Jordan is from Huntsville.
Christy is riding a wave of popularity as the blogger turned cook book author is the newest southern cooking star.
"This all started as a hobby. I started a web site about two and a half years ago, purely as a hobby and our goal was to share the recipes I grew up with and the stories from my childhood," said Jordan.
She told her husband she bet she could get 4 to 500 readers, but today, she has more than 15 million.
The web site led to a book deal, now she's working on her second book. Christy has also been featured on Southern Living, the Today Show and the 700 Club.
"I've had a lot of 'pinch myself' moments...I've decided not to pinch myself, I'll just ride it out...it's like you don't look down," she said.
Christy's personality has also led to a Los Angeles TV production company taping her at home, and they are now shopping the product for a possible TV show.
If they want her though, they'll have to come to her.
"I was born in Huntsville. My mother was born in Huntsville. My grandmother was born in Huntsville...I imported my husband from Georgia because I didn't want to leave," she said.
So what's next?
"I'm just waiting to see what happens next. I tell my mother....I said I have no idea where I'm going, but I sure am getting there."