The Taste of Country Cooking

by Edna Lewis

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Anna Thomas

Screenwriter, filmmaker and author

Judith Jones, my longtime editor at Knopf, gave me this book and told me I’d like it. I love it – though I rarely actually look for a recipe here. But it is a story of a time and a place, a way of life. By simply telling her personal history, Edna Lewis describes the powerful connection between food and community.

John Birdsall

Food Writer

The recipes shine with grace and dignity, and the chapter intros and headnotes show like faded snapshots of a lost world.

Adrian Miller

Food writer

This is the standard for a personal narrative of a cook performing her art through each season.

Kevin Mitchell

Chef Instructor, Culinary Institute of Charleston

You can never go wrong with a book by Edna Lewis.

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