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

Summer Squash Casserole

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

Peach Ice Cream

Brown Sugar Pork Chops with Georgia Peach BBQ Sauce

Brined Roast Turkey Breast with Herb Pan Gravy

Vegetable Corn Bread

Chicken Noodle Soup

Country Remoulade

BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy

Braised Collards in Tomato-Onion Gravy

Country Ham with Stone-Ground Grits and Redeye Gravy

Winter Greens and Butternut Squash Gratin

Turkey Tetrazzini

Macaroni Salad

Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey and Whole Grain Buttermilk Cornbread

Creole Crawfish Etouffee

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Country Fried Steak with Gravy

Smothered and Covered Chicken and Gravy

Spiced Okra and Tomatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Tailgate Chili

Cheesy Broccoli, Chicken and Rice Casserole

New South Chicken and Dumplings

Coconut Cake

Pecan Tassies

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