Chef Edna

Queen of Southern Cooking, Edna Lewis


A warm and inviting picture-book portrait of African American culinary legend, Edna Lewis, who brought Southern cooking to the masses

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Melvina Noel


Edna Lewis loved to cook. Growing up on a farm in Freetown, Virginia, she learned the value of fresh, local, seasonal food from her Mama Daisy, as well as how to measure ingredients for biscuits using coins and to listen closely to her cakes to know when they were done. Edna carried these traditions with her all the way to New York City, where she became a celebrated chef, cooking traditional French food in her signature Southern style and introducing the world to the flavors of her home.

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Weight 486 g
Dimensions 25.8 x 28.6 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 20 April 2023
Number of pages 32
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera
Dimensions 25.8 x 28.6 cm
Weight 486 g


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Melvina Noel loves to write and to bake cakes. Thanks to Edna, she listens for her cakes to tell her when they are done. Noel lives in Virginia. Chef Edna is her debut picture book.
Cozbi A. Cabrera is an award-winning illustrator whose gorgeous books—including Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, published by Abrams—have garnered a Coretta Scott King honor as well as a Caldecott honor for illustration. She lives in Illinois.