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Classic Cookbooks: Edna Lewis's Oven Brisket

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 2 comments

My family has a dinner-table tic: whether we’re at a restaurant or at home and especially good bread is served, someone always says, “You know, I could just eat bread for dinner. This is all I need.” When my father... More

Classic Cookbooks: Ham Biscuits

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 6 comments

“The women of Freetown were amazing because they participated in the work of the fields and barnyard and yet would step right out of the field work when an unexpected friend or traveler turned up,” Edna Lewis writes. “They would... More

Classic Cookbooks: Steamed Chicken in Casserole

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 8 comments

Whenever you hear about how people don’t have time to cook because we’re all so busy with work and kids and the gym and eight hours per day of reality television and internet surfing and whatnot, don’t you think, “Hey,... More

Blueberry Cake with Blueberry Sauce

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 1 comment

When I made Edna Lewis's blueberry cake with blueberry sauce from her cookbook The Taste of Country Cooking I used a 9 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan, and my cake bubbled over a bit; next time I’ll set it... More

Classic Cookbooks: Cake Recipes from 'The Taste of Country Cooking'

Robin Bellinger 4 comments

For a long time I was more intimidated than excited by The Taste of Country Cooking, the late Edna Lewis’s remarkable account of the foods she ate growing up in a farming community called Freetown, Virginia. Her beautiful and evocative descriptions of a life so wonderfully attuned to the earth and the seasons seemed to preclude preparing her recipes with meat and produce from the supermarket; how could they possibly compare, and wouldn’t it be sacrilege? Lewis doesn’t try to make her reader feel that way—writing in 1976 she recommended Perdue chickens to those of us who can’t find better. But a supermarket bird hardly seems enticing when you’ve been reading about the antics of the chickens of Freetown. Last... More

Yellow Vanilla Pound Cake

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 6 comments

In her cookbook The Taste of Country Cooking, Edna Lewis says there was always pound cake on special summer occasions to eat with whatever berries and fruit were left over from canning and preserving. This cake is dense and delicious,... More

Sunday Brunch: Deviled Crab

Serious Eats Ed Levine 2 comments

There's everyday humdrum deviled crab, which is still pretty good, and then there's Edna Lewis' deviled crab recipe, which is as good as good gets. Serve this with a simple green salad with a mustard vinaigrette and you will have... More

Sunday Supper: Baked Tomatoes with Crusty Bread

Serious Eats Ed Levine 1 comment

Edna Lewis' food to me was the essence of soul and comfort, and this simple Sunday supper of Baked Tomatoes with Crusty Bread reflects her elegant, simple aesthetic perfectly. I guarantee when you serve this dish to friends and loved... More

The Best Fried Chicken Recipe Ever?

Serious Eats Ed Levine 51 comments

Many, many years ago, before I even started writing about food, I went to Atlanta on a business trip. I have no idea what the business trip was about, but what I really went to Atlanta to do was taste... More

I Wish I Was Kim Severson's +1

Ed Levine 2 comments

The New York Times food section was full of interesting, fun and thought-provoking stuff this morning, but for me the most mouthwatering (and poignant) story was on page 3. There Kim Severson reported on the Edna Lewis memorial dinner, held this past Sunday in Atlanta. Edna Lewis was, as Kim described her, "an icon of Southern cooking." Although she was born in Virginia and lived out her life in Atlanta, New Yorkers were graced by her presence and cooking skill for many years, first at Cafe Nicholson and then at Gage and Tollner. I recall eating her food many times, first at Gage and Tollner and later at the City Meals on Wheels benefits at the skating rink at... More

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