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 late prolific Tennessee illustrator Burnard Wiley.
 late prolific Tennessee illustrator Burnard Wiley.
 late prolific Tennessee illustrator Burnard Wiley.
 late prolific Tennessee illustrator Burnard Wiley.
 late prolific Tennessee illustrator Burnard Wiley.
Southern Living Hall of Fame Winner

NASHVILLE COOKBOOK: Specialties of the Cumberland Region | Nashville Area Home Economics Association 1993 ©1977

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THE NASHVILLE COOKBOOK: Specialties of the Cumberland Region is a regional cookbook published in 1977 by the Nashville Area Home Economics Association.  The cookbook has been named a Southern Living Hall of Fame winner.

Throughout the cookbook, beautiful pencil drawings by late Tennessee illustrator, Burnard Wiley of Nashville landmarks introduce each chapter--Newsom's Grissmill, Maxwell House Hotel, The Parthenon, Traveller's Rest, The Hermitage, Downtown Presbyterian Church, Belle Meade Mansion, Opry House, followed by a full-page description of the property. 

The 340-page cookbook is filled with wonderful Southern recipes like Beaten Biscuits, Fried Chicken with Pan Gravy, Hush Puppies, Oyster Stew, Shrimp and Crabmeat Au Gratin,  Corn Bread Dressing, Chicken Gumbo, Cheese Grits, Black-Eyed Peas, Lemon Tea Bread, Apple Cake, Pecan Pie, Benne Cakes, Cheese Wafers, Watermelon Rind Pickles, and 100s more!

It is a great example of a "community cookbook,' which were often published for women by women.  These cookbooks provide unexpected insights into aspects of American culture and public history at a given time in history.  They give the reader a snapshot of historical details not documented elsewhere and have become unofficial records of the past.  For some cookbook collectors and culinary scholars, their historical value far outweighs the recipes inside.

Most community cookbooks were created as a charity or community fundraiser. This book was a long-term fundraiser for the Nashville Area Home Economics Association. 

The 340-page comb bound cookbook measures 10" high by 7" wide and is in good used condition other than some cover roughness: fading, staining, and bent edges.  The Southern Living Hall of Fame sticker is on the front. This is a copy from the eleventh printing in 1993.


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