Lighten Up, Y'all: classic Southern recipes made healthy and wholesome (2015)
The 2016 James Beard Award winner and 2016 International Association of Culinary Professionals (ACP) nominee for Best American Cookbook, it's a collection of classic Southern comfort food recipes -- including seven-layer dip, chicken and gravy, and strawberry shortcake -- made lighter, healthier, and completely guilt-free. Virginia Willis is not only an authority on Southern cooking, she's also a French-trained chef, a veteran cookbook author, and a proud Southerner who adores eating and cooking for family and friends. So when she needed to drop a few pounds and generally lighten up her diet, the most important criterion for her new lifestyle was that all the food had to taste delicious. The result is Lighten UP, Y'all, a soul-satisfying and deeply personal collect of Virginia's new favorite recipes, from Southern Style Shepherd's Pie with Grits, Broccoli Mac and Cheese to Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie. All packed with real Southern flavor but made with healthier, more wholesome ingredients and techniques. Wherever you are on your health and wellness journey, Lighten Up, Y'all has the recipes, tools, and inspiration you need to make the nourishing, down-home Southern food you love.