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

Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Stewed Tomatoes

Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy

Chicken Pot Pie

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

Scalloped Potatoes

Tea Cake Cookies

Steakhouse Rib Eyes with Creamed Spinach

Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

Skillet Fried Chicken with Black Pepper Gravy

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Fresh Easter Ham with Herbs

Red Beans and Rice

Creamed Corn with Bacon

Grilled Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken

Cheesy Broccoli, Chicken and Rice Casserole

Braised Collards in Tomato-Onion Gravy

Country Ham with Stone-Ground Grits and Redeye Gravy

Sweet Potato Casserole

New South Chicken and Dumplings

BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy

Tailgate Chili

Spiced Okra and Tomatoes

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

Brown Sugar Pork Chops with Georgia Peach BBQ Sauce

Brined Roast Turkey Breast with Herb Pan Gravy

Country Remoulade

Classic Pound Cake