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Basic to Brilliant, Y'all: 150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to…

by Virginia Willis

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"Virginia Willis s legion of fans love her knack for giving classic French dishes a down-home Southern feel and reimagining homey Southern favorites en Fran aise. In Basic to Brilliant, Y all Virginia 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 show stopper. n Virginia s hands, a cozy Kale Omelet becomes sophisticated brunch fare when it s baked in a sourdough boule; rich Gruyere Flans elevate a rustic red wine-infused Roasted Tomato Soup; and Spiced Skirt Steak with Shallot Marmalade is enhanced with just a few simple changes into a gorgeous roulade. Peach Dijon-Crusted Pork Tenderloin goes from elegant continental entree to the pride of Dixie when it s cradled between Chive Cornmeal Griddle Cakes, and a country dessert like Sweet Biscuits with Stewed Blackberries is kicked up a notch when served topped with Blackberry Fool. hroughout Basic to Brilliant, Y all, Virginia paints a vivid portrait of growing up in Louisiana and Georgia, spinning tales of close family and friends and unforg… (more)

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"Virginia Willis s legion of fans love her knack for giving classic French dishes a down-home Southern feel and reimagining homey Southern favorites en Fran aise. In Basic to Brilliant, Y all Virginia 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 show stopper. n Virginia s hands, a cozy Kale Omelet becomes sophisticated brunch fare when it s baked in a sourdough boule; rich Gruyere Flans elevate a rustic red wine-infused Roasted Tomato Soup; and Spiced Skirt Steak with Shallot Marmalade is enhanced with just a few simple changes into a gorgeous roulade. Peach Dijon-Crusted Pork Tenderloin goes from elegant continental entree to the pride of Dixie when it s cradled between Chive Cornmeal Griddle Cakes, and a country dessert like Sweet Biscuits with Stewed Blackberries is kicked up a notch when served topped with Blackberry Fool. hroughout Basic to Brilliant, Y all, Virginia paints a vivid portrait of growing up in Louisiana and Georgia, spinning tales of close family and friends and unforg

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