Country Cooking with Edna Lewis
For Edna Lewis fans…if you’re able to visit the restaurant at Stratford Hall plantation (boyhood home of Gen. Robert E. Lee) in Virginia, chances are you’ll be eating some of the dishes she devised for their menu. We’ve eaten at the restaurant a couple of times and haven’t been disappointed. It was the first place I tried "greens cooked in pot liquor", and I was surprised to find that I actually liked them.[:)]
As for non-celebrity chefs…I like Jim Fobel. He used to write for Food & Wine magazine, I believe. I have a couple of his cookbooks–one on casseroles and another on baked goods. Both are outstanding. We often eat his "jazzed up" version of tuna noodle casserole, which utilizes fresh mushrooms, white wine, etc. Always a winner, even among the strictly "meat and potatoes" crowd, like my mom.
I am crazy about Edna Lewis. I just purchased her latest book and now have all of them. I made her buttermilk fried chicken a couple of weeks ago and it was terrific.
Another favorite cookbook author (but never a chef in a restaurant) of mine is Laurie Cowen. She died a few years ago at the age of 42. Her food articles in Gourmet magazine were a delight to read and her two cookbooks are great. Her recipes are real down to earth and work out so well. One of my favorite recipes is the Tomato Pie which she gave in her article titled "Tomatoes". Our family just loves it……..in fact, I may make it for dinner tomorrow evening!
I’m biased, from Orange County, VA so of course I love her cookbook.
In this world of celebrity chefs, it’s the more quiet cooks that really impress me, and of course she’s one of them.
Anyone else a fan? Anyone else want to give some kudos to a non-celebrity chef?
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