Entertaining is an art, but fussy, at times pretentious, finger foods aren’t always necessary. Alex Hitz leads the way to simple entertaining in his charming cookbook, My Beverly Hills Kitchen, an ode to Southern cooking with a French twist. Born in Atlanta, Alex fed off of his beloved family cook’s southern fare and his mother’s European influenced food. Using memory and innovation, Alex set out to reimagine his favorite dishes. Out came some of the most sensational meals I have ever tasted. Dorothy’s Baked Cheese Grits are amazing! Serve them with Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Cilantro Lime Butter. It’s impossible to go wrong. And be sure to check out the easy fried chicken recipe, which was named by Southern Living as the best in the world. My Beverly Hills Kitchen by Alex Hitz. Available for $35.