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

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

Blueberry Delight

Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

Chicken Noodle Soup

Vegetable Corn Bread

Peach Ice Cream

Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Stewed Tomatoes

Spiced Okra and Tomatoes

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

Creamed Corn with Bacon

Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcakes

Red Beans and Rice

Braised Collards in Tomato-Onion Gravy

Country Ham with Stone-Ground Grits and Redeye Gravy

Brown Sugar Apple Crisp

Tomato Pie

Country Remoulade

Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy

Country Fried Steak with Gravy

Classic Pound Cake

Tailgate Chili

Grilled Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken

Cheesy Broccoli, Chicken and Rice Casserole

New South Chicken and Dumplings

BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy

Creole Crawfish Etouffee

Chocolate Meringue Pie

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