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Lewis, Edna. The Taste of Country Cooking.

Illus. from drawings. Pictorial wrappers. Later Edition. NY: Knopf, 2000.

First published in 1976, this title is often considered Lewis' masterpiece, as it introduced audiences to a new way to consider Southern food: as seasonal and pure, as opposed to fried and unhealthy. Edna Lewis was raised in Freetown, Virginia, among former slaves who grew their own food, slaughtered their pigs, and cooked everything from scratch. While she left to cook in refined restaurant kitchens in New York, she never forgot her roots, and her love and respect for the food she grew up with. Fine.

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