Virginia Willis Blog

Recipes: Grits and Grains

Down-Home Comfort with Red-Eye Gravy and Deadlines

I’ve got a stack of books I’m in love with and can’t wait to share with you – Summerland by Anne Quatrano, Cooking Light’s Global Kitchen by Dave Joachim, Latin American Street Food by Sandra Gutierrez, just to name a few….But, my friends, I’m on deadline for my next book with Ten Speed Press, titled… Read more »

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Chill Out: Summer Small Plates

Whew. Last week was a blur in NYC. I had a great time hosting Cooking Today for Martha Stewart Radio interspersed with various meetings and eatings. The meetings went great and the eatings were delicious. Stay tuned for more exciting events this fall! Dining was mostly low key, but a couple of the highlights included… Read more »

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Faith and Uncertainty in Cookbook Publishing

While walking the trade floor of the Paris Cookbook Festival I caught a glimpse of the quote above by super chef Paul Bocuse, “Without books there are no recipes, without skills there can be no fine cooking.” It made me stop and read it again. It’s even more sexy and profound, of course, in French…. Read more »

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Buon Appetito, Y’all! Glorious Pasta Recipes

I read something today in a magazine referring to a dish as not “Comfort Food”, but “Therapy Food.” Pasta would fall under that category in my kitchen. A bowl of noodles with yummy meat sauce? Topped with cheese? I feel better just writing that, much less nestling in for a bowl. “Pasta” isn’t particularly French… Read more »

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