Author: Edna Lewis
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Why You Should Own It: Edna Lewis is that rare chef whose writing is both informative and entertaining, surely a product of her wild life and Southern charm. Lewis didn't start making food professionally until she was in her 30s, when she became the cook at Café Nicholson, the famous NYC eatery frequented by a who's who of the cultural elite. Still, Lewis's approach remained fixed in the easy rhythms of Freetown, Virginia, her hometown. No kitchen is complete without her definitive Southern cookbook.