Hosted by Robin Sussingham with contributor Janet Keeler
Gone but unforgettable, Chef Edna Lewis, the Grande Dame of all things Southern, left quite a legacy in her cookbooks and advocacy. Janet Keeler gives us a run-down on a recently-released cookbook filled with Chef Edna’s recipes Grandma would approve of.
While Chef Edna Lewis may have passed in 2006, her legendary recipes and love affair with all things Southern led us to explore her cookbook. She was farm-to-table fresh before that was even a thing.
Born in 1916, Chef Edna had a life long career that was filled with ups, downs, celebrities, and more. Her advocacy for Southern appreciation and tradition is relived in her recenty re-issued cookbook “In Pursuit of Flavor”.
Chef Edna Lewis’ Awards:
1986 – Named Who’s Who in American Cooking by Cook’s Magazine
1990 – Lifetime Achievement Award, International Association of Culinary Professionals
1995 – James Beard Living Legend Award (their first such award.)
1999 – Named Grande Dame by Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international organization of female culinary professionals.
1999 – Lifetime Achievement Award from Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) (their first such award.)
2002 – Barbara Tropp President’s Award, Women Chefs & Restaurateurs
2003 – Inducted into the KitchenAid Cookbook Hall of Fame (James Beard)
2004 – The Gift of Southern Cooking nominated for James Beard Award and IACP Award
2009 – African American Trailblazers in Virginia honoree at the Library of Virginia (in Richmond)
2014 – Honored by creation of United States postal stamp with her image
The Edna Lewis Cookbook (1972)
The Taste of Country Cooking (1976)
In Pursuit of Flavor (1988)
The Gift of Southern Cooking (2003), co-authored with Scott Peacock
“‘The Taste of Country Cooking’ is a standard for professional chefs,”
– Robin Sussingham, host & journalist