I always cry when I run across Edna Lewis. I don’t know why, exactly. She just moves me. Her authentic southern style cooking was down home, honest, from the heart and from the hip. Born and raised in Freetown, Virginia, she shared her culinary roots with such grace, pride and elegance.
I first encountered her some 6 months ago when I came across one of her cookbooks The Taste of Country Cooking. Its cover features the very same photo you see above. Her quietly commanding portrait stopped me in my tracks; clearly a regal and gracious woman. Her relationship to food was so richly connected to the cultural history it continues to represent. Miss Lewis died February 13, 2006.
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