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Product Details

  • Series: Best of the Best Cookbook Series
  • Plastic Comb: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Quail Ridge Press (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893062449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893062443
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gwen McKee is a publisher with a mission. As the co-founder (with her husband, Barney) and the editor-in-chief of Quail Ridge Press, she has dedicated the past two decades to preserving America's food heritage. Through Quail Ridge Press, Gwen has now accomplished much of this task by creating the 50-volume Best of the Best State Cookbook Series that includes over 20,000 classic recipes. Today Quail Ridge Press is one of the most successful regional publishers, and certainly one of the most thriving publishing houses owned by a woman.

Gwen's interest in preserving "real" American food came naturally. Like most native Southerners, she was influenced by a family immersed in the traditions of Southern cooking and entertaining. Over a period of many years, Gwen collected recipes that were handed down through her family for traditional holidays and reunions.

Gwen McKee's first venture in publishing came after she and Barney moved to Jackson, Mississippi, when he became Director of the University Press of Mississippi. She was approached by two ladies, Ruth Moorman and Lalla Williams, with a small 80-page manuscript called The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookbook. Risking her family's meager savings, Gwen published the book, which sold out in three weeks. She knew that she had tapped into a market seeking something different. For the next few years, she slowly expanded, publishing four additional theme cookbooks.

Four years later Barney had joined Gwen, and they now had a full-blown publishing company named after the street where they lived, Quail Ridge Drive. They also had a unique idea--a cookbook that celebrated the best recipes from all the best cookbooks in Mississippi. After extensive research throughout the state, and lots of recipe testing, Best of the Best from Mississippi Cookbook was published. Thus Gwen McKee began her quest to preserve the best recipes of America. Now, 28 years later, 48 volumes in the Best of the Best State Cookbook Series are currently in print, each featuring favorite recipes from the leading cookbooks found throughout every state in the country.

In 1997 Quail Ridge Press and Gwen reached an entirely new plateau when the QVC selected Best of the Best from Mississippi Cookbook as the winner of its "Quest for America's Best--QVC's 50 in 50 Tour" contest. The book sold out within two minutes during its first appearance, and remained a favorite that sold out many times afterward in subsequent showings. This initiated a series of QVC presentations in which over 175,000 Best of the Best cookbooks were sold over the next three years.

In 1999 Gwen McKee took another important step in reaching her goal by creating the Recipe Hall of Fame Collection. The Recipe Hall of Fame Cookbook, featuring 450 winning recipes from all the Best of the Best state books, was an instant hit, selling 65,000 copies within the first few months of publication. With over 700,000 copies in print, the collection now includes Recipe Hall of Fame Dessert Cookbook, Recipe Hall of Fame Quick & Easy Cookbook, and Recipe Hall of Fame Cookbook II in addition to the original Recipe Hall of Fame Cookbook.

Gwen McKee is also the editor of Beyond Grits & Gravy and Best of the Best from America Cookbook. She is the author The Little Gumbo Book and The Little New Orleans Cookbook, the latter of which has been translated into French. These two gift cookbooks were a natural progression, as Gwen was born and reared in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was educated at Louisiana State University where her major studies and interests were journalism, English, Delta Gamma and Barney.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Wall on October 11, 2009
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I was familiar with this cookbook from a friend's copy. Just had to have one myself. Used several recipes out of it and all were good. Have used a crockpot for some of the casseroles that were supposed to be baked in the oven and they turned out delicious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K on December 15, 2014
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I lived in Oxford, Mississippi in the early '80's, and this book is chocked full of authentic recipes. I was especially glad to see a recipe from Deke's BBQ. I used to work for him at his BBQ restaurant. Great food, Great Boss, and all around great person. This book brought back a lot of wonderful memories. That's what makes these books so awesome, it's not just the recipes, but the stories and pictures from all over each specific state. It made this reader want to travel, and try these native dishes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 18, 2013
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If you love Southern cooking you will love this book! Someone stole my first book so this is a replacement. The squash dressing in this book is awesome and easy. Like so many good Southern recipes.the ingredients are things you almost always have on hand and the results will bring smiles to the table.
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By Jörg Eggers on May 4, 2014
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We love this series of cook books. They give endless ideas whats to make. This book provides tastety and not too complex recipies from the horse state. We enjoy this very much. Mississippi provides lots of grilling recipies. Feel the South influence.

The build up of the book is as all the others for quick orientation - morning -. drinks - starters - main - dessert.

Must have for BBQ lovers.
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By Southern grandmother on October 4, 2013
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I got this cook book for a dear friend who is from Mississippi. I liked the book so much that I got one for myself. Highly recommended recipes from the coast to the delta. .Easy to read & the pictures of various state land marks are nice. Good variety of recipes & an excellent gift idea for someone who likes good southern cooking.
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By Pat on August 21, 2014
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Actually this was for my wife but I can tell you she has enjoyed the recipes. She has a large collection of cookbooks and rates this among her favorites.
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very fast service...I bought it for a Christmas present and it hasn't been opened by the recipient yet..nice looking book...lots of recipes!
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By Judy Hamlin on May 8, 2013
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I have many of your best of the best cookbooks. I enjoy them very much. I would recommend them to all my family and friends.
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