Virginia Willis

Georgia-born French-trained Chef Virginia Willis has cooked Lapin Normandie with Julia Child in France, prepared lunch for President Clinton, catered a bowling party for Jane Fonda, and harvested capers in the shadow of a smoldering volcano in Sicily — but it all started in her grandmother’s country kitchen.

As a popular Southern food authority and writer, Virginia is the author of five cookbooks, including: Bon Appetit, Y’all, Basic to Brilliant, Y’all, and Lighten Up, Y’all. She is also the blogger for Down-Home Comfort on Named by the Chicago Tribune as one of Seven Food Writers You Need to Know, her fans love her knack for giving classic French dishes a down-home comfort feel and re-imagining Southern favorites. She’s a contributing editor for Southern Living and writes for Eating Well, Fine Cooking, and All Recipes. She has been featured in Country Living, House Beautiful, and USA Today. Learn more about Virginia and follow her traveling exploits at