"A Taste of St. George Island, The Art of Gulf Coast Cooking, the long awaited collections of Franklin County's most treasured recipes, is here!

This edition will also feature local artist Beth Appleton's cut paper assemblages. Inspired by island life, the artist helped design the book by selecting her brightest and most colorful works to illustrate chapters and pattern pages.

"I have loved working on this project, Appleton said. "This cookbook is a fantastic way for all of us to help our island first responders. They are not just our neighbors, they are modern day heroes."

The cookbook will be released to the public during this year's 50th annual Florida Seafood Festival held in Apalachicola. Appleton will be on hand to sign books on Friday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. and again on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the St. George Island's First Responder's nonprofit display at the festival.

The cookbook will also be available for sale during other festival hours as well. The book will also be in select stores this Friday.