Mrs. Wilkes' Boardinghouse Cookbook

Mrs. Wilkes' Boardinghouse Cookbook

Recipes And Recollections From Her Savannah Table

Book - 2001
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A historical cookbook with more than 300 recipes from a pioneer of Southern cuisine.

In 1943, a young and determined Sema Wilkes took over a nondescript turn-of-the-century boardinghouse on a sun-dappled brick street in historic downtown Savannah. Her goal was modest: to make a living by offering comfortable lodging and Southern home cooking served family style in the downstairs dining room.

Mrs. Wilkes' reputation was strong and business was brisk from the beginning, but it was the coverage in Esquire and the New York Times, and even a profile on David Brinkley's evening news that brought Southern-food lovers from all over the world to her doorstep.

With over 300 recipes, photos from the boardinghouse, and culinary historian John T. Edge's colorful telling of Mrs. Wilkes' contribution to Savannah and Southern cuisine, this rich volume is a tribute to a way of cooking--and eating--that must not be forgotten.

Recipient of Southern Living's Reader's Choice Award 2000
Winner of the 1999 James Beard "America's Regional Classics" Award

Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Ten Speed Press, c2001
ISBN: 9781580082570
Branch Call Number: 641.5975
Characteristics: 175 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,26 cm


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Jun 05, 2013

After eating lunch at Mrs. Wilkes' Boardinghouse in Savannah you will want some of these recipes (we waited an hour in line which is about average; President Obama ate there a few years ago but they whisked him right in, of course). Not the healthiest food in the world but it's definitely some of the best comfort food around. Wish I was in that line right now.


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