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Edited by Carroll Wommack Andrews and Clare Osdene Schapiro.


The James River Garden Club presents a new edition of our 1980 cookbook, A Taste of Virginia. Gardens, food and history are inextricably tied and provide an invaluable glimpse into our commonwealth. From the most ornate formal garden, to the kitchen gardens of presidents, to the humblest backyard vegetable patch, gardening affords an opportunity to reconnect with the land, but even more, with our essential selves. They think that just as the best tomatoes come straight from the gardens of Virginia, so do the best recipes. It is in this spirit that they return with some tried and true classic recipes, and some new twists on old favorites that build on the pragmatic reality of 21st-century life.

Our vernacular cooking is an enchanting amalgam of many elements: the native foods that grew here and those brought here by enterprising horticulturalists, such as our first presidents; the ingenuity and talents of enslaved people who led the way in creating our culinary traditions; and, the prodigious bounty of our woods, fields, mountains, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay.

The James River Garden Club knows that growing your own food brings beauty and meaning to daily life, and they know that value of honoring diversity- in culture and in the garden. Above all, they know that nothing is more emblematic of a taste of Virginia than slowing down, cooking real food in season and sharing the love and ritual of dining together.

While merely a “taste” of some of the culinary delights found in this very special corner of the world, Their hope is that A Taste of Virginia: Through the Garden Gate will intrigue and delight you, and whet your appetite for gardening and cooking but more importantly, for exploring all that the commonwealth has to offer.

With this in mind, The James River Garden Club warmly welcomes you to join them, “through the garden gate.”


44 pages, Softcover, The James River Gardening Club, 2018.


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