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Recipes and stories from Popeyes founder Al Copeland will be the subject of a new book in celebration of the fried chicken chain’s 50th anniversary.

“Secrets of A Tastemaker: Al Copeland The Cookbook” will contain more than 100 recipes and stories about the colorful icon and is set for a mid-September release. No Popeyes recipes will be included in the book, however.

The book is written by Chris Rose and Kit Wohl with the Copeland family, including a forward by Al Copeland Jr.

The senior Copeland, who catapulted to national prominence with his friend chicken and sit-down Copeland’s Restaurants, was known for his food and flavor savvy as well as his personae. The book contains behind-the-scenes looks at how the food empire grew and was later acquired by Restaurant Brands International. He died in 2008.

“I’m extremely proud to be sharing my father’s story and some of our family recipes with the world amid such a momentous benchmark — the 50-year anniversary of Popeyes,” notes Copeland Jr., who serves as CEO and board chairman for Al Copeland Investments.

Some of the recipes include buttermilk biscuits, sweet heat chicken, ricochet catfish, fettuccine Lamborghini and Cajun duckanoff.

Many of the more interesting aspects of the color founder are chronicled in the book, including his “six rules of success,” his involvement in powerboat racing and his unique and often contentious holiday light displays.

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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