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The Best of Virginia Farms Cookbook & Tour Book
By CiCi Williamson. Illustrations by Garry Pound. ISBN-13: 978-0-89732-657-5. Copyright 2008. Softcover with 310 pages including resources, bibliography, indices, author biographies, and over 120 black and white maps and illustrations.
For those looking for more than just a collection of adequate recipes, this book satisfies. Recipes are outside of the basics found in other cookbooks on the region—they were provided by sources ranging from successful dining establishments (including Shields Tavern) to politicians (including George W. Bush) to farmers. The distinguishing features of this book are interviews with natives, cooking and shopping pointers, and visits to museums and plantations. Sections on George Washington and Mount Vernon discuss his role as a farmer and take the reader on a virtual tour of the first president’s vast estate.