About Edna Lewis

Edna Lewis

Edna Lewis grew up cooking with the seasons on a wood-fired stove in Freetown, Virginia. She's largely credited with preserving the traditional foodways of Southern American cooking via her cooking classes and cookbooks, including The Gift of Southern Cooking and The Taste of Country Cooking. She was also a political activist and the darling of the New York arts and literature set in the 1940s and 50s.

Edna Lewis' Oven Brisket Recipe

Edna Lewis Oven Brisket

Edna Lewis was loved for many reasons. Her spare prose. Her soulful recipes. Her kitchen frugality. Her endless wisdom. All these attributes come together in this brilliantly flavored and frugal brisket recipe.

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Spoon Bread Recipe

Spoon Bread

From cooking icon Edna Lewis comes an airy spoon bread which whispers, in that inimitable Southern way, to be included on tables everywhere.

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Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze Recipe

Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze

Spicy and flavorful with a moist, pudding-like texture, this apple cake from Edna Lewis is truly easy—just stir together by hand.

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Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

Southern Pan-Fried Chicken

This recipe from the late, great Edna Lewis turns out skillet-fried chicken that’s perfectly seasoned, extra-crispy, and gosh darn beautiful in every way.

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