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Basic to Brilliant, Y'all: 150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to Dress Them Up for Company - Virginia Willis, Anne Willan Fans of Virginia Willis (Bon Appetit, Y'all) love her creative but accessible methods of blending recipes and techniques from the American South with traditional French cuisine to create culinary marriages made in heaven. Willis's version of Grandma's Chicken (poulet au grandmère), in which chicken, potatoes and mushrooms simmer together in a bath of broth, butter and herbs until the smell from the pot has the chef weeping in ecstasy, came out beautifully when tested. Willis adds a fast, helpful tip on making the sauce en beurre for a beautiful shine that's sure to make a grand impression with guests--and with a comforting flavor that may likely leave an even more brilliant impression than its classy appearance.

With the practicality of Julia Child and the warmth of Paula Deen, Willis brings a taste of France to your kitchen and proves that nothing says Southern like Virginia.

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