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

Smothered and Covered Chicken and Gravy

Cheesy Broccoli, Chicken and Rice Casserole

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

Peach Ice Cream

Brown Sugar Pork Chops with Georgia Peach BBQ Sauce

Fried Catfish

Bacon-Wilted Greens with Warm Pecan-Crusted Goat Cheese

Sweet Heat Barbecue Ribs

Lightened-Up Pimiento Cheese

Summer Squash Casserole

Gulf Coast Crab Cakes with Country Remoulade

Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Chicken Pot Pie

Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew

Warm Crab Dip

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Summer Succotash

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

New Soul Creole Dirty Rice

Pimento Cheese

Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey and Whole Grain Buttermilk Cornbread

Creole Crawfish Etouffee

Steakhouse Rib Eyes with Creamed Spinach

Blueberry Delight

Skillet Fried Chicken with Black Pepper Gravy

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Stories by Virginia