7. The Taste Of Country
Epicurious, Southern Living and Celia Sack all named this classic by Edna Lewis to their lists. Originally published in 1976, Epicurious wrote of the cookbook,"Her work preserves Southern food culture, African-American food culture, and a way of American life that has all but disappeared. But as much as The Taste of Country Cooking can be seen as an artifact of a vanishing cuisine, Lewis was also remarkably ahead of her time."

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