Lewis was recently honored with the issuance of a postal stamp by the US Post
Office. She is renowned as one of the greatest American chefs and as an African-American woman who almost single handedly revived a forgotten world of refined Southern cooking.
Another celebrated American chef, James Beard, remarked: “Edna Lewis makes me want to go right into the kitchen and start cooking.” Lewis won many industry awards and was often referred to as “the Grande
Dame of Southern Cooking” and the “South’s answer to Julia Child.”
(1916-2006) also had a remarkable life story. She was born and grew up in rural
Virginia in an area called Freetown. She learned to cook from an extended family that included grandparents who had been enslaved.
The Edna Lewis Cookbook, Lewis’s first book, published in 1972, contains over 100 recipes, arranged in menu form and organized according to the season of the year: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and
Christmas. With its focus mostly although not exclusively on Southern food, it began the revival of true Southern cooking.
Lewis went on to publish three more books: The Taste of Country Cooking (1976), In Pursuit of Flavor (1988), and The Gift of Southern Cooking,
co-authored with Scott Peacock (2003).
Her menus and recipes were featured in a variety of publications, including the New York
Times, the New York Times Magazine,
the Washington Post, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Cook’s, House & Garden, and Redbook, among others.
This edition of The Edna Lewis Cookbook marks the 100th Anniversary of Miss
Evangeline Peterson studied with Edna Lewis and assisted her in compiling The Edna Lewis
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About the Author
Edna Lewis (1916–2006)
cooked for the elite of Manhattan over many decades and published four cookbooks that put Southern cooking back on the map. Her recipes were also published in the New
York Times, the New York Times
Magazine, the Washington Post, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Cook’s, House & Garden, and Redbook, among other publications.
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Table of Contents
Some Notes on the Use of This Book
Some Notes and Comments on Baking
SPRING DINNER MENUS
SUMMER DINNER MENUS
Outdoor Summer Dinners
AUTUMN AND WINTER DINNER MENUS
Outdoor Summer Buffet
Foods for Christmas Giving
Christmas Eve Supper
Index to Recipes
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Edna Lewis was a very practical, down to earth chef!! Highly praised for this book. I wish I had the pleasure to meet her.