I'm the quintessential Southern girl where I believe life is about beauty, food, travel, and family. I will eat anything once. I have enjoyed being relaxed and not working my life away. What does this mean? I have been able to engage my culinary skills with all the cookbooks that brings out the foodie in me. One such cookbook is Edna Lewis' A Taste of Country Cooking. Warning – start a gym routine before attempting Ms. Lewis' recipes because nothing is "fat free.
Edna Lewis grew up in a Virginia freed slave community and these are recipes she learned from her family. I was introduced to her by my Aunt Othella and my dad who adored Ms. Lewis. I didn't understand their love for her until I obtained my own copy of her cookbook. I'm thankful I'm engaged to someone I can put a plate of anything (no meat – he's a pescatarian) and he will eat whatever I prepare. Ms. Lewis helped me love okra and tomatoes which is a Southern staple and is a perfect dish for tomato season. I always have a bit of nostalgia reading Ms. Lewis' cookbook. Because I cook so much I am constantly washing my hands. A Taste of Country Cooking works well with Crabtree Tree & Evelyn Gardeners Age Defying Hand Remedy. Trust me; Your overworked hands will thank me after you make Edna's Hoppin' John and Fried Chicken.