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

Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Smothered and Covered Chicken and Gravy

Classic Southern Macaroni and Cheese

Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

Classic Pound Cake

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

Summer Squash Casserole

Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy

Blueberry Delight

Gulf Coast Crab Cakes with Country Remoulade

Sweet Heat Barbecue Ribs

Brown Sugar Apple Crisp

Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Stewed Tomatoes

Grilled Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken

Creamed Corn with Bacon

Cheesy Broccoli, Chicken and Rice Casserole

Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew

Beer Batter Hushpuppies

Scalloped Potatoes

Macaroni Salad

Country Ham with Stone-Ground Grits and Redeye Gravy

Fried Catfish

Summer Succotash

Tomato Pie

Whole Roast Chicken with Lemon and Herbs

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

Peach Ice Cream