New book explores life on the WWII chow line

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM.

It was 20 years ago that the Whitakers went searching for a southern vacation spot that would have crystal waters, beautiful beaches and, most importantly, be dog-friendly.

After some searching, the Whitakers landed in Gulf County and now return several times a year.

“It’s full of friendly people,” said Whitaker. “Even as a visitor, you feel like you live there.”

The husband and wife enjoyed the community surrounding area so much that they got a condo on Cape San Blas and became involved with local events and charities.

It was while visiting his son at North Georgia College and State University that the idea for “Bullets and Bread” came together.

While browsing a local gift shop at the base, Whitaker spied a copy of one of his other cookbooks and offered to sign the copy for the clerk. Another store patron approached Whitaker and asked to purchase the inscribed book.

This started up some friendly conversation between the men and soon the veteran shared an anecdote about the challenges of barbecuing in Kuwait during the Gulf War.

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