Rebecca Gordon

Birmingham, AL

  • Former Southern Living Test Kitchen Director
  • Owner and manager of the Southern lifestyle website, Buttermilk Lipstick

How does one become a “Southern lifestyle expert” like Rebecca Gordon? Start with Southern cookin’.

After earning a Restaurant Management degree from the University of Alabama and specializing in Baking and Pastry Arts at Johnson and Wales University in South Carolina, Gordon earned her culinary chops as a pastry chef for some of the South’s finest restaurant, including Frank Stitt’s Highlands Bar and Grill and Bottega in Birmingham.

Gordon’s most recognizable role, though, is her 13-year association with the Southern Living brand. She began by traveling the South as a Foods and Entertainment Specialist for the Southern Living Cooking School. She moved on to serve as a contributing editor for the Southern Living magazine as well as their Test Kitchen Director, a role that brought her in touch with seafood celebrities like Chris Hastings and Lucy Buffet.

After her tenure with Southern Living, Gordon turned her attention to the web, launching Buttermilk Lipstick in early 2013. With this new lifestyle brand, Gordon celebrates Southern culture through everything from recipes to style round-ups.

“Lucky for me, Birmingham is a mere hop, skip, and a jump from the Gulf Coast and fresh seafood is always available to me. My husband and I support the state further by vacationing on Alabama's Gulf Coast each summer—and eating our fair share of Alabama seafood while we're there!”

On The Menu

Gordon’s recipes are all over the place, from the pages of Southern Living to Oxmoor House’s The Half Hour Hostess. In 2012, she married her passion for food with her love of football by driving the content development for The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook. These days, Gordon stays busy cooking up new recipes for her website, Buttermilk Lipstick, and dishing out tailgating tips on Fox 6’s “Tide & Tigers Today” with Paul Finebaum and Rick Karle.