Basic to Brilliant, Y'all by Virginia Willis
150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to Dress Them Up for Company

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A follow-up to the author’s acclaimed Bon Appétit, Y’all, featuring 150 recipes that combine Southern flavors with time-honored French technique, and include a sophisticated variation that kicks each dish up a notch to make it brilliant.

Virginia Willis has a knack for giving French recipes a downhome Southern feel. In Basic to Brilliant, Y’all, she builds on her signature style by offering 150 dual recipes: a soul-satisfying basic recipe accompanied by a technique, garnish, additional step, or short recipe that transforms a wonderful dish into a show stopper. A weeknight classic like Mama’s Chicken Pot Pie becomes sophisticated dinner party fare when it’s baked in a winter squash, and Old Fashioned Stove Top Low-Country Broth can be transformed into a Bouillabaisse-style broth with just a few simple changes. Throughout the book, Virginia paints a vivid picture of her Southern upbringing, drawing readers in with her vibrant tales of food and friends.

About Virginia Willis

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Virginia Willis is the author of Bon Appétit, Y'all, which was nominated for the IACP Best American Cookbook award and voted the Comfort Food Book of the Year by the Chicago Tribune. She has been featured in Cooking with Paula Deen, House Beautiful, Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, and San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. Willis has appeared on Real Simple Television, Martha Stewart Living, Paula Deen's Best Dishes, and numerous local television shows across the country. A graduate of L'Academie de Cuisine and Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne, Willis has served as a television producer for Turner South and Shirley Corriher, was the kitchen director for Martha Stewart Living Television, and the executive producer of The Discovery Channel's Epicurious. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more at
Published October 4, 2011 by Ten Speed Press. 290 pages
Genres: Cooking, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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In this deceptive slim volume, Willis also manages to weave in personal recollections of family time in the kitchen along with a cultural tour through the South, explaining the history of the African foodways preserved by the Gullah people, the influence of sugar cane production on the Southern s...

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Austin Chronicle

Willis' newest work, Basic to Brilliant, Y'all, presents classic, authentic Southern recipes with additional "brilliant" recipe modifications and presentation techniques that can be used to dress them up for company.

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Recipes reprinted with permission from Basic to Brilliant, Y'all: 150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to Dress Them Up for Company by Virginia Willis, copyright © 2011.

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