Virginia Willis

Virginia Willis is the author of five cookbooks, including Lighten Up, Y’all, and the recipient of a 2016 James Beard Foundation Book Award. A popular Southern chef, she's gained fans who love her knack for giving classic French cooking a down-home feel and reimagining Southern recipes en Français. Her upcoming PBS TV series and companion book, Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South, are due out in 2018.

Virginia's Recipes

Turkey Tetrazzini

Cheesy Broccoli, Chicken and Rice Casserole

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Smothered and Covered Chicken and Gravy

Classic Southern Macaroni and Cheese

Brined Roast Turkey Breast with Herb Pan Gravy

Country Remoulade

Grilled Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken

Vegetable Corn Bread

New South Chicken and Dumplings

Scalloped Potatoes

Spiced Okra and Tomatoes

Oven-Fried Chicken-on-a-Stick with Vidalia-Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy

Coconut Cake

Pecan Tassies

Sweet Potato Casserole

Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Stewed Tomatoes

Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy

Braised Collards in Tomato-Onion Gravy

Country Ham with Stone-Ground Grits and Redeye Gravy

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Blueberry Delight

Winter Greens and Butternut Squash Gratin

Macaroni Salad

Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

Skillet Fried Chicken with Black Pepper Gravy