For our July issue, we looked and cooked our way through dozens of community cookbooks in search of great recipes and food traditions from the South. So we wanted to hear about your favorite community cookbooks, and, boy, did we!
We read hundreds of entries on your favorite recipes and treasured memories, and all agreed that Frances Randle’s story about Bayou Cuisine, a cookbook from St. Stephen’s Church in Indianola, Mississippi, explained perfectly why these books are so special and so Southern.
“Bayou Cuisine is the cookbook I bought as a new bride from 40 Carrots in Overton Square in Memphis” she wrote. “In over 40 years of cooking, the ladies of St. Stephen’s and their friends around the Delta have never let our family down. Each recipe is perfect and easy to follow.”
As our contest winner, Frances will receive a collection of rare vintage cookbooks from Heirloom Book Company in Charleston, South Carolina. Congratulations!
We always love hearing about these books. If you want to share your favorite or a recipe from one, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.