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

Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Smothered and Covered Chicken and Gravy

BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy

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

Tailgate Chili

Spiced Okra and Tomatoes

New South Chicken and Dumplings

Brown Sugar Pork Chops with Georgia Peach BBQ Sauce

Chicken Noodle Soup

Scalloped Potatoes

Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Stewed Tomatoes

Country Ham with Stone-Ground Grits and Redeye Gravy

Mother's Day Make-Ahead Sausage and Cheese Grits Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Summer Squash Casserole

Braised Collards in Tomato-Onion Gravy

Brown Sugar Apple Crisp

Coconut Cake

Tea Cake Cookies

Pecan Tassies

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

Blueberry Delight

Peach Ice Cream

Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew

Red Beans and Rice