It’s true–the arrival of the VeryVera Cookbook is closer than you think!

While you wait, Vera has hand-picked a few of her all-time favorite cookbooks for you–call it your summer reading list. These five classic southern cookbooks are sure to satisfy your cravings for new recipes and whet your appetite for the arrival of the VeryVera Cookbook next May!

Around the Southern Table by Rebecca Lang

This beautifully written collection of recipes is everything one could hope for in a cookbook- made from scratch, comforting, and satisfying. In addition to Rebecca Lang’s homey prose, essays by Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy and novelist Cassandra King add an extra bit of Southern flair. A must-read for anyone looking for recipes for family dinners or entertaining.

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Bon Appetit, Y’all by Virginia Willis

Author Virginia Willis is not only a born-and-bred Southern cook, she’s a classically trained French chef who excels in this area of cuisine. The combination of the two results in a cookbook that is both hospitable and effective in teaching readers how to recreate their favorite classics. This well-organized cookbook is sure to become one of your favorites, whether you’re looking for delicious comfort food or a brand new recipe.

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Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions by Carrie Morey

Carrie Morey founded Callie’s Charleston Biscuits in order to be able to share her mother Callie’s delicious biscuits with people everywhere. Years later, her simplistic Southern style is just as appealing as she shares her new takes on traditional dishes. This is a kitchen staple for any Southern cook.

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Foster’s Market Favorites by Sara Foster

Sara Foster’s market opened in 1990 in Durham, North Carolina, and has since become well-known for delicious, simple cooking. All of the restaurant favorites are included in this carefully curated Southern classic. Foster’s Market Favorites contains photography that will make you look twice and recipes that you’ll want to cook again and again.

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Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart

This truly authentic Southern cookbook covers all the bases of cooking, whether it’s basic skills like cleaning vegetables or the mastery of more complicated recipes. Everything is explained with refreshing clarity and entertaining anecdotes, making it easy to see why this cookbook was the recipient of the 2013 James Beard Award for American Cooking.

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