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Virginia Willis

  • Basic to Brilliant, Y'all: 150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to Dress Them Up for Company
    • Categories: Entertaining & parties; American South; French
    • ISBN: 9781607740094 Hardcover (United States) 9/27/2011
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  • Basic to Brilliant, Y'All
    • Categories: General; American South; French
    • ISBN: 9781607740698 eBook (United States) 10/4/2011
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  • Basic to Brilliant, Y'All: 150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to Dress Them Up for Company
    • Categories: Entertaining & parties; French; American South
    • ISBN: 9781299168763 eBook (United States) 9/27/2011
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  • Bon Appétit, Y'All: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking
    • Categories: American South
    • ISBN: 9781580088534 Hardcover (United States) 6/1/2008
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  • Bon Appétit, Y'All: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking
    • Categories: American South
    • ISBN: 9781607741343 eBook (United States) 3/23/2011
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  • Bon Appétit, Y'All: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking
    • Categories: American South
    • ISBN: 9781299164529 eBook (United States) 1/1/2011
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  • Fresh Start: Cooking with Virginia - My Real Life Daily Guide to Healthy Eating and Weight Loss
    • Categories: Weight-loss; Restaurants & celebrity chefs; Health
    • ISBN: 9798713892241 Paperback (United States) 2/28/2021
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  • Home Plate Cooking: Everyday Southern Cuisine With A Fresh Twist
    • Categories: Restaurants & celebrity chefs; American South
    • ISBN: 9781401602024 Hardcover (United States) 11/24/2004
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  • Lighten Up, Y'All: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome
    • Categories: American South; Low fat; Low calorie
    • ISBN: 9781336098282 eBook (United States) 3/5/2015
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  • Lighten Up, Y'all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome
    • Categories: EYB Pick - USA; American South; Low fat; Low calorie
    • ISBN: 9781607745730 Hardcover (United States) 3/3/2015
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  • Mix & Match Pasta Dinners
    • Categories: Pasta & noodles
    • ISBN: 9780517703274 Hardcover (United States) 4/1/1996
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  • Okra: A Savor the South Cookbook
    • Categories: Vegetables; American South
    • ISBN: 9781469614434 eBook (United States) 7/14/2014
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  • Okra: A Savor the South® Cookbook
    • Categories: Vegetables; American South
    • ISBN: 9781469614427 Hardcover (United States) 3/30/2014
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  • Pasta Dinners 1,2,3: 125,000 Possible Combinations for Dinner Tonight
    • Categories: Pasta & noodles
    • ISBN: 9780517886984 Paperback (United States) 8/1/1996
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    • Categories: Restaurants & celebrity chefs; Travel; American South
    • ISBN: 9780544932548 Hardcover (United States) 5/1/2018
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  • Short Stack Vol 5: Grits
    • Categories: Grains; American South
    • ISBN: 9780989601740 Hardcover (United States) 11/1/2013
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Biography

A graduate of L'Academie de Cuisine and Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenne, Virginia previously honed her attention to detail as the Kitchen Director for Martha Stewart Living Television where she supervised the food segments for the Emmy-award winning television show. With MSLTV, Virginia was also responsible for preparing private meals and events for Martha and her guests -- including among others, President Clinton, Aretha Franklin, and Julia Child. As Executive Producer for Epicurious on The Discovery Channel, she traveled the world taping fantastic stories about food - from harvesting capers in the shadow of a smoldering volcano to making authentic mustard in Dijon.

Virginia's wide and varied food career started in Atlanta as an apprentice to Nathalie Dupree. She worked with Dupree on four PBS series and cookbooks, including the James Beard award-winning Comfortable Entertaining. She also spent several years as an editorial assistant with culinary authority Anne Willan on various projects including Cook It Right, an exhaustive tome that documents the various states of "doneness" (and over- and under-"doneness") of everything from whipped cream to braised pheasant.

She is a featured chef in Atlanta Cooks at Home, was a tester and editor for The All-New Joy of Cooking, author of Pasta Dinners 1,2,3, and co-author of Home Plate Cooking. She has been featured in House Beautiful, The Chicago Tribune, and ABCnews.com. Her work has appeared in Country Living, Family Fun, and Taste of the South.

She has appeared on Real Simple Television, Martha Stewart Living Television, Paula Deen's Best Dishes, and in TV commercials for Duke’s Mayonnaise. As a nationally recognized culinary professional her client list includes Calphalon, Char-Broil, The Coca Cola Company, Fresh Express, Olive Garden, and Whole Foods Market.

Virginia is on the national board of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs as well as the Atlanta Community Food Bank Advisory Board. She is a past president of the Atlanta chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a member of Georgia Organics, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Southern Foodways Alliance, and the American Institute of Wine and Food.