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October 16, 2012

For a short time, cooks and collectors can find a buffet of cookbooks on sale  at Southern favorites, such as the two shown below, are also available.

Fans of Atlanta‘s Virginia Willis love her knack for giving classic French dishes a down-home Southern feel and for re-imagining homey Southern favorites.

In Basic to Brilliant, Y’all, Willis builds on her signature style, offering 150 soul-satisfying recipes and accompanying each with a new preparation technique, fresh presentation style, or creative recipe variation that transforms an already wonderful dish into an all-out showstopper.

The 288-page hardback is $24 (regularly, $35) at


Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing are two of the most innovative young chefs in the South.

Southern Comfort is not only their much-anticipated cookbook, but also their personal story: their childhood food memories and family traditions growing up in Louisiana and Mississippi.

It is also the story of how they met and fell in love in a New Orleans kitchen, and the lessons they learned working in top restaurants in San Francisco and New York.

The book describes their bittersweet homecoming and the opening of their first restaurant just days before Hurricane Katrina hit.

These 100 recipes reflect Allison and Slade’s refreshing approach to regional cuisine, with its pitch-perfect blend of high and low.

The 240-page hardback is $23 (regularly,$35) at


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