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

Classic Southern Macaroni and Cheese

Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

Peach Ice Cream

Tailgate Chili

Grilled Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken

Spiced Okra and Tomatoes

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

Pecan Tassies

Sweet Potato Casserole

BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy

Coconut Cake

Creamed Corn with Bacon

Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcakes

Braised Collards in Tomato-Onion Gravy

Country Ham with Stone-Ground Grits and Redeye Gravy

Brown Sugar Apple Crisp

Tomato Pie

Country Fried Steak with Gravy

Classic Pound Cake

Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy

Red Beans and Rice

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Smothered and Covered Chicken and Gravy

Winter Greens and Butternut Squash Gratin

Turkey Tetrazzini

Macaroni Salad