Virginia Willis

Georgia-born French-trained chef Virginia Willis has made cookies with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, foraged for berries in the Alaskan wilderness, harvested capers in Sicily, and beguiled celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Bill Clinton, and Morgan Freeman with her cooking — but it all started in her grandmother's country kitchen. She is the author of Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South; Lighten Up, Y'all; Bon Appétit, Y'all; Basic to Brilliant, Y'all; Okra; and Grits. Lighten Up, Y'all received a James Beard Foundation Award. She was the TV kitchen director for Martha Stewart, Bobby Flay, and Nathalie Dupree and has traveled the world producing food stories — from making cheese in Sonoma to escargot farming in France.

Virginia's Recipes

Brined Roast Turkey Breast with Herb Pan Gravy

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

Fresh Strawberry Jam for Canning

Blueberry Delight

Smooth and Creamy Chocolate Pudding

Smothered and Covered Chicken and Gravy

Beer Batter Hushpuppies

Whole Roast Chicken with Lemon and Herbs

Brown Sugar Pork Chops with Georgia Peach BBQ Sauce

Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcakes

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy

Summer Squash Casserole

Fresh Easter Ham with Herbs

Brown Sugar Apple Crisp

Classic Pound Cake

Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

Pimento Cheese

Vegetable Corn Bread

Savannah-Style Irish Potato Soup

Summer Succotash

Tailgate Chili

Creole Crawfish Etouffee

Bacon-Wilted Greens with Warm Pecan-Crusted Goat Cheese

Sweet Potato Casserole

New Soul Creole Dirty Rice

Country Remoulade

Stories by Virginia