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 Pound Cake

Creole Crawfish Etouffee

Tailgate Chili

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Bacon-Wilted Greens with Warm Pecan-Crusted Goat Cheese

Sweet Potato Casserole

Brown Sugar Apple Crisp

Lightened-Up Pimiento Cheese

Country Remoulade

New South Chicken and Dumplings

New Soul Creole Dirty Rice

Red Beans and Rice

Smooth and Creamy Chocolate Pudding

Blueberry Delight

Cheesy Broccoli, Chicken and Rice Casserole

Pimento Cheese

Vegetable Corn Bread

Summer Succotash

Sweet Potato Gratin with Herb Crumble

Savannah-Style Irish Potato Soup

Summer Squash Casserole

Stories by Virginia