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A few weeks ago I had dinner with the newly published Christy Jordan from SouthernPlate.com.  We have been blogging friends for a long time but it was awesome to finally meet her in person.  The day of our get together she had just received the very first copy of her new book, I felt like an insider getting to turn the pages and see her giddy response to every picture.

I’m not one for book reviews, that means I had to find time to read the book, and cookbooks… that’s a whole different problem… now I have to find time to cook!  Christy’s book though is different from any cookbook I’ve ever had.

  • This is a book and a cookbook in one.  Every recipe has a story with it, about who she learned it from or a special memory.  You slowly feel like she is there with you sharing this recipe in person and that’s awesome!
  • There are tons of amazing color pictures!  I love cookbooks with pictures.  It just makes it all seem more simple if you know what it’s supposed to look like in the end.  (One fun fact I learned from my dinner with Christy, every picture in the book of food is photographed in her own bowls and dishes.)
  • My favorite part — every recipe calls for things I own!!  They are down home, simple yet elegant, meals.  I love cooking but hate having to run out and buy random spices and items that I will never use again.  Even more fun on some recipes that call for things you might not have, she has small tips to help with substitutions for things you do have!

If you are thinking about Christmas presents or just wanting a copy I encourage you to get one this week.  I know that’s a little strange but here’s why:  first the price isn’t really going to change it’s a new release… plus Christy is incredibly close to making the New York Times Best Sellers list, to do it all that counts are sales through next Tuesday.  It’s all based on your first week of sales.

You can get it on Amazon for $14.49 (reg. $27.50)

(Don’t tell my family members but a few of them are getting it for Christmas).

Win a Copy

I love Christy and her book so much that I’m giving (5) readers a free copy!

To Enter:
Leave a comment with one person who taught you the most about cooking.

I’ll pick the winners Monday morning.

(I was provided a free book but there was no expectation for a review.  These comments are my 100% my own opinion and the giveaway is sponsored by me.)

    • Amy Lauren

      I’d love to win! My grandma taught me a few things about cooking when I was little, but honestly, my fiance has taught me a lot about cooking. He’s an excellent cook and great teacher :).

      Amy Lauren
      proudpatriot2007@yahoo.com

    • Amy Lauren

      I’d love to win! My grandma taught me a few things about cooking when I was little, but honestly, my fiance has taught me a lot about cooking. He’s an excellent cook and great teacher :).

      Amy Lauren
      proudpatriot2007@yahoo.com

    • lee

      My grandma, RIP, taught me how to make so much good food. She lived through the depression so she knew how to use everything ya got. ldbush@aol.com

    • Vic

      My mom taught me most of what I know about cooking, she is a wonderful cook!

    • donna

      My husband's grandmother, Edith, bless her heart! At 95, she is still the best and most loving cook I have ever known! I'm so blessed to have had her in my life.

    • Stephaniedrew2

      definitely my mom! love her cooking and all she taught me.

    • I taught myself from various cookbooks, so this would be great to have!

    • Bessie

      My Grandmother taught me about good old home cooking. The rest I have learned from the Food Network!!!

    • Couponingmenser

      My mom taught me most of what I know about cooking. Growing up in a family of six on a Pastor's salary we didn't have much money so my mom made the most of what we had. I remember her getting 3 meals out of one chicken, it was great. Now that I am a mom of three (4th on the way) myself I am so thankful my mom took the time to teach me when I was younger. Now if I could only get my biscuits to turn out like hers….

    • Jennifer Crawford

      My mother tried her best to teach me to cook, unfortunately I am not anywhere near the cook she is and I LOVE to use simple cookbooks so that I have instructions.

    • Yorksavings

      I learned the most about cooking from my Home Ec classes in high school!

    • Holly S.

      To be honest, my husband has taught me a lot about cooking.

    • Libby

      I remember my mom cooking from a very young age, definetly taught me a lot of what I put to good use now.

    • Theherbie17

      My mother taught me the most about cooking. It was one thing that we could relate to each other about.

    • Joanne_brady

      My mom taught me what I know. Also, my best friend, Karen and I would go to each other's houses when we were little and practice cooking!

    • Allison

      My husband is an excellent cook! He has taught me more than anyone else.

    • Bethpurvee

      My Great Grandmother, Gertrude, AKA Little Nanny. I grew up with her until I was 12 and she gave me both the foundations of cooking and the love of fresh foods!

    • Magscott31061

      I honestly learned the most about cooking frommy mother. She is the epitomy of a Southern lady and can cook on cast iron better than her own Mom could. Mama taught me that you take your time with cooking and never it or else it will turn out tasting like worn out shoe leather!! LOL! I have no idea how I will make it through life without having my Mama only a phone call away to answer all of my cooking questions. I am so blessed to still have her!!!

    • wendyc33

      my mother in law. She can out cook anyone, and everything home made.

    • ChattyJess

      I've learned the most about cooking from my mother-in-law. She's been a stay-at-home mom and housewife and is a true expert and creating a home.

    • Norma

      Definitely my mom! She is a great cook. I especially love her fried chicken! yum

    • My grandmother taught me the wonderful value of a pressure cooker! I am now obsessed.

    • Knelson2500

      My mom was rarely in the kitchen, but my stepmom taught me a lot.

    • Amanda kesler

      Surprisingly my fiancee has taught me the most about cooking. His mother taught him well!

    • Becky

      My momma! We cook very differently these days, but she is the original “Suzy Home-maker”…her name is even Sue!

    • Kelly

      I got it mostly from my mom :)

    • Miranda

      This sounds like my kind of cookbook! I would love to have a copy!

    • Pclack82

      My mother always cooked meals for us but especially loved baking. Her cakes were well know around our small community. Even now (I am 46) I still have people my age come up to me ans say they remember my mother cooking their birthday cakes when they were kids. These were the days when everything ws made from scratch, we didn't pick up cakes from the grocery stores. At Christmas, see cooked so many cakes that our entire house was filled with tables and cakes sitting on them. As kids, we loved for her to cook cakes and make homade frosting because we would get to lick the bowls and pans when she was finished. My mother is no longer with me, but her love of baking definitely brings up fond memories of her when I am cooking for my own family and friends.

    • Smcowan2

      My mom taught me the most!

    • Glasslady56

      From my mother of course. She could make something out of nothing when we were growing up, and it was always delicious.

    • Mary Chris

      My mom taught me the most about cooking.

    • Smemery02

      I learned a lot about cooking from my mom!

    • Pebbles2718

      My mother is a excellent cook. She can cook anything that you can think of. But as I was learning to cook new things, I would call her and asked her questions. She always says put just a little of this a little of that. I said mom I can't cook it with a little of this and a little of that, she laughed. I actually had to cook everything with her so that I could measure the amounts and now I can cook the wonderful foods my mother cooks. I need measurements and list to cook!!!!!

    • Elizabeth

      When I was little, instead of watching cartoons on Saturday morning, I watched PBS. I remember watching Jacques Pepin, MaryAnn Esposito, and Julia Childs create delicious dishes on their tv shows. It's almost guaranteed that I'll watch the Food Network Channel at some point everyday :-) I've learned how to cook from tv shows!

    • L.K.M.

      Paula Deen!!!!

    • Ajbarnes85

      I learned the most about cooking from my wonderful step mother. When I was 13 she became the mother I had never had. I still use many of her recipes to cook for my husband and son every night.

    • My mom is the best cook and I learned everything from her. She makes the BEST chocolate pie and all her recipes are passed down from her family which is why they are so good!

    • Carrie_C

      My mom is an excellent cook and I was fortunate that she let me hang out in the kitchen with her. I never understood how she “read” cookbooks until I was older but now love to sit by the fire in the winter “reading” my cookbooks looking for new recipes.

    • Allison

      While my mother was a fine cook, I actually learned the most from Rachael Ray's TV show. Love her tips!

    • Ppjrsbc

      My Mother is the best cook around and I'm still learning from her. She's a country cook but tries new dishes all the time. She's 83, loves to cook and it shows in her

      food. Everyone raves about Mom's cooking.

    • Myangelmom

      My grandmother, Nanna, taught me the most about cooking. I grew up by her side watching her cook. As my mother had to work outside the home, Nanna took care of me and my sisters everyday teaching us along the way. We were never shooed out of the kitchen but set on the counter at a young age to do what we could. Rolling cookies or meatballs, fetching herbs and veggies from the garden, peeling potatoes, mixing pizza dough are just a few of the lessons I learned beside her. I learned well from her how to follow a recipe and how to improvise. I have tried to do the same with my children and share with them how a simple meal can be a tradition and memory.

    • Sarah

      My mom taught me almost everything I know about cooking – how to bake, how to make delicious Italian food and some Southern comfort food too!

    • Shelly

      My grandmother taught me the most about cooking. I used to stay w/her in the summer and she let me cook all the meals. Prep and everything. She only stepped in to adjust the gas stove and if something was sticking! HA She also let me help her bake pies and I got to roll out the extra dough for cookies. Yum. The best cookie I ever ate.

    • Amanda

      I learned to cook on my own with cookbooks and online recipes.

    • Moore102001

      I taught myself to cook, it is still a learning process with some hits and lots of misses.

    • You can laugh Betty Crocker taught me -Mom was too busy! So of course I love cookbooks!

      vickie

    • John

      I learned almost everything i know about cooking from my Dad.

    • Stephanie

      It's a toss up between my Mom and my Dad. I used to love to helping my Mom cook dinner every night as a little girl, but my Dad sees cooking as a hobby and is always creating something delicious just for the fun of it.

    • Kelly

      Believe it or not, it was my Dad. He gave me my first Martha Stewart cook book for my 16th birthday. I've loved cooking ever since!

    • Shanna21

      When I was a little girl my Maw Maw Frick let me help her cook everyday! I learned so much from her and continue to learn from her!!!

    • CouponBubba

      My wonderful mother was the best at taking what she had on hand and making down-home masterpieces out of them. I learned so much from her!

    • Elijahsmom22

      I learned everything i know from my mom! As the 2nd oldest child of 11 brothers and sisters my mom has done her fair share of cooking and as soon as i was old enough she taught me! I now am a mother and we are a family of 3 but very often i find myself preparing meals for 11! Thanks mom!!

    • Pjpwillis

      The Food Network Channel!

    • Kngrob

      Jennie,

      I love to cook and the more people the better. My mother was a home economics teacher. She taught in a different school district than my sister and I went to school. Everyday when we would get home from school, earlier then my mother, there were instructions for my sister and I to start dinner. I learned a lot from those instructions and love to put my own flair on whatever I cook. My husband always says to me when he is done with a particular meal that he really enjoyed “go write down a little of what you did to this so you can try and recreate it again” because I just add a little of this and a little of that.

      My mother was such a great influence on my cooking. She taught me that good food and people you love just go together. Trying an new recipe is always an adventure. Everyone that ever comes to my house or eats my cooking always says I should open a restaurant or bed and breakfast. I believe this is my gift that God has given me to treat others to the meals that I prepare and be joyful in my ablitlites to make others enjoy in what I prepare.

      I am so thankful for the notes I found everyday from my mom on how to prepare things for our family….and believe me I still call and ask questions from the master, my mom.

      Thanks

      Kim Roberts

    • Aleesa Burton

      God bless her soul, my Mother taught me not only how to cook, without salt and no frying–Dad had heart trouble, but how to do so on a budget. She raised 6 kids on a teachers salary, and a good dinner was always on the table by 6 pm…….those were the days huh. Crock pot and oven were her favorites, frozen vegatables over canned, and a color filled plate were rules of her kitchen. Cheap meats were good after spending the day in the crock pot, frozen vegetables tasted better than canned(and had less sodium), and a balanced meal is colorful. Amazing fact is she has been in Heaven since 1992, she was a forward thinking lady. Today every article I read about heathy cooking !

    • Brandy

      My mom! I still call her every week with food questions! She makes the best tomato gravy in the world!!!!

    • amyl

      My boyfriend! Before we were together, I would make things here and there but never at a consistent pace. I always told ppl that I couldn't cook at all! When my BF and I started dating, I knew he had an interest in cooking and enjoyed trying new foods. With his encouragement and praise, I jumped right in and starting making all kinds of dishes! There have been a couple of times I have gotten “this is the best I have ever tasted!” from him, which is just awesome! There is some truth to the old saying ” a way to a man's heart is through his stomach” ;)

      Good food = lots of good kisses!

    • Isabel

      My mother taught me all the basics about cooking, but most was just by watching her…she always told me to cook with love because you can taste the difference.

    • Dj8fan

      My Mom and Grandmother taught me. They're both gone now and I still find myself wanting to pick up the phone and ask them how they made certain dishes. Better write down those recipes while they're here folks.

    • Olivia

      my older sister

    • Tsdixon

      My moter-in-love!!!

    • iaffmes

      My home ec teacher in middle school, who gave me the chance to find out that I did not inherit my mother's tendancy towards disastrous cooking. And my mother who keeps trying to help me overcome my tendancy towards disastrous baking.

    • I taught myself to cook!

      radnascar at hotmail dot com

    • Scchelle

      My mother! She allowed us to make a meal a day during the summer to help us develop our culinary skills! She and Dad endured a lot! :o)

    • T. Phillips

      My mom has taught me the most about cooking. I used to sit in the kitchen and watch her cook when I was a little girl. When I got married, I took lots of her recipes with me and still make those dishes to this date. :)

    • Guera2563

      I learned most of what I know about cooking from my mother-in-law. When I got married, I really didn't know how to cook very well. I could make macaroni and heese, and simple things like hamburgers, etc. My mother worked and we did cook together one meal every Sunday, but we did learn how to bake a lot of things from my mom. My husabnd is of Mexican descent, so I REALLY needed to learn how to cook a diversity of foods! The macaroni and cheese only lasted so long!!! My mother-in-law wasn't one to write things down, though. She has to SHOW you how to cook things, so every time she was with us, I asked her to teach me something new. I have learned how to make flour tortillas fom scratch, mexican hominy stew, sauteed pork with homemade hot sauce (I make the best homemade salsa!), eggs with chorizo sausage, pinto beans from scratch, empanadas, gorditas, mexican tacos, tostadas – you name it, I probably can make it! And it was so much fun learning to cook without measuring things!

    • Brandi

      I learned a lot about cooking from my mother, but I also had a wonderful church friend who taught cooking classes to all of us who had just gotten out of college. What a wonderful preparation it was for the real world (now motherhood).

    • Betsy112

      My Mom! I still can't figure out how she makes it all happen at just the right time every Sunday and how after 25 years, the children and grandchildren hate to miss Sunday lunch.

    • Sharon W.

      My mom died of lung cancer when I was 24 years old and my first child was 8 weeks old. I kinda had to learn on my own. What I wouldn't give to have her back and eat some of her wonderful cooking and learn how she made everything taste so good!

    • Ameliedaugherty

      My mother taught me all there was to know about cooking…French cooking that is!(I was born and raised in France)…Fancy right?!…Well it isn't doing me any good now that I am married to an all southern boy raised in Georgia (Which is where I live now)…Here I am, trying to impress him with “Coq au Vin” and other fancy dishes while his idea of a delicious meal is more something like country fried steak and gravy…Well one thing I can tell you is that french girls can't make gravy ;). I am having to rethink all my recipes and learn to cook the southern way…I definitely need all the help I can get ;)

    • Rmustain

      I learned to cook from my mom. She is now in a nursing home in Virginia

    • Vivianmarie244

      I learned a lot of my cooking skills from my mom. She had me cooking for the family by the time I was 10…all by myself. Feel horribly sorry for them now. :)

    • My mom taught me the basics of cooking and I'm thrilled to be passing them along to my two daughters!

    • Susan

      My grandma and mom both taught me how to cook.

    • Pinkandblackcrazy

      my mom has taught me a lot about cooking. I am in college now and living in an apartment for the first time. I would love to have this cook book it would be my first and would be good to cook simple meals for my friends and I

    • Subohfam

      A funny story about cooking. I only cooked 1 time when I was young I did not learn how to cook until after I got married. My mom never taught me. One time she had to go out of town, I was 16 and my dad told me that I had to cook for him and my grandfather. Oh my that was a hugh mistake I cooked his favorite chicken potatoes and corn. How can you go wrong with that… Well I did they took one bite of the chicken and that was it. He said nice try im proud of you but then he gave me money and told me to go get take out. I cook everyday for my family and I luv it. I try all different recipe's and take pride in my cooking. Maybe that is why it's so good, I think you must put your heart in it to taste good… Grant it im not a chef but do enjoy cooking. I learned from everyone including cook books. Which is true you don't usually have all the ingredents and some of them you never heard of. I would luv one of her cook books.. Also I would luv to say thank you for all that you do. Your a blessing to our family..

    • Michele White

      My mom taught me how to cook, she is an excellent cook, and she was taught by her mother, My Nanny, who is also an excellent cook, I can only hope to be as good as they are someday!

    • Vansfam

      My mom!

    • Brewerfamily2006

      My dad taught me how to cook. I started cooking for my family at 13 years-old. I follow Christy's blog and would love to win this AWESOME giveaway!!!!!!

      • Pachristy

        Gotta be Cherie?

    • Ashley

      My mom!

    • Lynn Pridgen

      My grandmother got me started cooking when I was a little girl. She allowed me to come into her kitchen and “make messes.” We even ate a few of them. lol

    • Kristin

      My mom!

    • Becky Bixler

      My dear sweet grandmother taught me about 'southern cooking.' To this day I make Chicken and Dumplings like she taught me.(with the exception of the dumplings.) I use the best frozen ones and I know grandmother would approve. She believed in quality but also saving time when ever possible. Everyone who tastes them wants to know the secert because they are the best they have ever had! I learned how to can fresh veggies and peaches, make pear preserves. Did you know if you cooked the syrup long enough you could make a pear 'sucker' rolled around a fork?Yum!
      Grandmother also taught me many life lessons around that old stove. Make enough just in case someone stops by, you never know. Let granddaddy make the pound cake because he liked to and it was delish! She showered me with love and hugs. I miss her, it's been 25 years since her death. Not a day goes by that I don't think about her.

      • itismedia

        Awe, your sucker story reminded me of my great grandmother! She and my mother would can everything from the garden and orchards (I learned so much over the years), what they didn't can they dried on the side porch or made perserves. We got a “Sucker” if we were good and helpful. They were soooo yummy!

    • kim

      My mom!

    • ladymoon0121

      My hubby's grandmother, she is a great southern cook.

    • itismedia

      My Grandmother! She taught me so much about so many things. I still receive recipes from her from time to time and they are all just as wonderful!

    • Crazy4coupons1975

      My experience with cooking growing up was after the meal was finished, i.e. washing the dishes! LOL! I guess I'd have to say it's a tie between Rachel Ray and The Pampered Chef.

    • Darla

      My dad was the first one to teach me how to cook. Saturday mornings were our special cooking times together. He patiently and kindly taught me to make great scrambled eggs, French toast, and a whole lot more, and the memories are still sweet!

    • Flygirl22963

      My dad taught me how to cook.I did all the meals when I got home from school and dinner was ready for mom when she got home..(God rest her soul) Now that Mom is gone Dad and I laugh about the meals he taught me to prepare.I would love the book and be able to pass them onto my now newly married daughter!

    • China

      My Momma! And she still teaches me stuff every day! Great home southern cooking!!

    • Cindylouella

      A friend from Washington DC told me that when she moved across the street from my mother, she told her sister ” I have met the lady from Southern Living!” My mother is the most gracious, down home, simply straigh up southern lady one could ever hope to meet. She is 72 year old and still cans vegetables, tomatoe juice, preserves, and host family get togethers for a very large extended family. A few years ago, she baked 20 delicious apple cakes for my daughter's school trip fundraiser. She is my role model. There is nothing I can do for her that she can't do better for herself. Last year she hosted a luncheon for “girls” she graduated high school with. She loves trying new recipes. She would really enjoy the new cookbook.

    • Welcomehome

      I would love to win!! =) My cousin in law (husbands cousins wife) taught me so much about cooking. Not like lessons, but just in time spent together and my hubby loved her cooking so that helped!

    • Julie

      My Mother taught me the most about cooking. Homemade oatmeal cookies is the recipe I remember baking the most w/ her. As a child, I thought it was so hard to stir the dough and Mom would have to help w/ that. :)

    • Hperryesq

      Youtube- you can learn anything on youtube.

    • Ginger

      My husband taught me almost everything I know about cooking! I just wasn't interested before we got married! Now I am actually a pretty good cook!

    • Shawnte

      My mom! She was so patient with me. I see her patience even as she teaches my daughters!

    • Amanda B.

      My mom and my aunt taught me all I know. I still have to call my aunt and run things by her every once and a while to get advice.

    • 4gladkids

      my mother is the best cook I know, and some of my favorite memories are of us cooking…my daughter and i carry on that tradition together still.

    • Kellie G

      My Mom taught me the most about cooking. She is a terrific cook and I hope to surpass her one day. Hope is the key word, lol. I love cooking and would love to have this book. Thanks!

    • Laureejo

      The person who has taught me the most about cooking would have to be my mother-in-law. I had NO clue about cooking, or for that matter grocery shopping. Before my husband and I got married, she took me to the grocery store and showed me how to shop for meats and produce. Over the past 12 1/2 years she's imparted her wisdom of baking, cooking, and canning to me. Just today she shared some more hints I had NO clue about!!

    • Tinagiannetti

      My grandma always had a table full of homemade Italian goodies. To this day, I'm the only one in the family who can make her cannolli's the way she did. Now, my 7 yr old twins and 3 yr old cook together.

    • Adrienne

      My husband taught me to cook. When he met me I only kept turkey and bread in my apt for sandwiches ( I have to admit it was easier to keep my weight down then). I would try to pick difficult recipes when we got together to make meals and he would always just put things together that he thought sounded good and were easy. Most of the time they were really good. He admits that my cooking skills have now surpassed his after five years of marriage.

    • Tonya

      My grandmother taught me the most about cooking. At 92, she's still cooking strong! :)

    • Momsdword1

      I'm thankful for my home economics teacher for many of the basic skills. I have to give credit to my mother and my mother in law for adding their own special flavor to cooking with love. I also love to gather my cookbooks and browse for ways to switch up the flavors in dishes we love.

    • Pachristy

      It is unfortunate but I really did not start experimenting with cooking until was married at the age of 24 (now 33). I have to say I have learned the most from my mother-in-law, Rae. Now having 2 kids ages 5 and 3, I am always looking for new great recipes to try out on my family. I try to get my kids involved (safely) so that they can grow to enjoy cooking as much as I have. Thanks to my mother-in-law for helping me be a better mom!

    • Allison Salmen

      The person who taught me the most about cooking had to be my mother. She knows her way around a kitchen and watching her cook and cooking with her was magic. I remember as a little girl helping her make cookies from scratch. It was a joy for me as a child to spend time with her in the kitchen and learn how to make things from scratch. It does take more time…but as she says a lot of time and love goes into her recipes. Whenever she cooks a meal anytime (special occasion or just cookies for a fundraiser) she writes out a little note in her recipe books. For allison's birthday….she and all the little girls loved the red velvet cake etc. Its in a way like a memoire, but through cook books :)

    • Jallen14

      My Grandmother! There was never a specific recipe followed and everything was judged on smell and taste. She taught me that food brought family together and in mind food will always be a way to show love!

    • Aeebowers

      My mom!

    • Jenny

      My momma for sure. We moved all around while I was growing up (Air Force) and momma kept adding to her repertoire. Even today, she's got the family favorites kept right alongside hundreds of magazine clipped recipes she's “just got to try”. Doesn't hurt that my Daddy loves to eat!

    • Shay2shay2

      My mom has taught me the most about cooking. She is a geat Southern cook. All 7 of her children have a book with her favorite recipes in it, it is a treasure to all of us.

    • Ajflachs

      I learned to cook by watching my father. He is a great cook and gave me the inspiration to continue cooking. I hope to pass this on to my grandson who at 4 loves to help me in the kitchen.

    • Andrea

      My Mom!! Who learned from her Mom, who learned from her Mom, etc.

    • Wildhousemom

      My Grandfather taught me how to have fun with cooking. How to take a basic recipe and be creative in making it my own by adding different things. He taught me to not be afraid to experiment and not to worry about a dish not coming out right. That it's okay to make mistakes because that's how you learn.

    • AshleyD

      No one taught me to cook. My mother is a horrible cook and my family lives out of state. Every thing I have learned is from watching television cook shows and natural ability to follow directions. :) I try to collect all sorts of recipes from everywhere since I don't have anyone to hand me “the good ones.” Since no one taught me, I go strickly by what the recipe calls for, so the book would go to great use. Thanks.

    • Cheflezlie

      The Food Network. Now I am learning to do it the right way by using Christy's recipes! ;-)

    • Pjkimrey25

      The person who taught me the most about cooking was my Mom. She was a great cook and made the most amazing chicken and dumplings. One of my favorite memories is of her decorating our wedding cake. She had taken a cake decorating course and gave us the wedding cake as her present. It tasted as good as it looked.

    • Driedl

      All the women in my family before me!

    • Shannon

      my grandmother and mother taught me so much about cooking. I love to find new recipes and try new things. I feel good to serve great home cooking for my family.

    • Kristin J

      My mom – she has taught me everything I know in the kitchen!

    • Cattleyaorchid

      I learned basic cooking 101 from my mom. As an adult, I have used that knowledge to really explore cooking. I used to watch Food Network religiously before my TV was kidnapped by my kids. I still love experimenting with new recipes and learning new techniques. My husband can attest to that!

    • Kjolly

      my sister was my biggest teacher in the kitchen . cook almost everything for 45 mins at 350 and when baking if you smell it… check it. always right

    • KRobbins

      I began as a little girl learning to cook from my mother, who was an excellent cook (old-fashioned southern cooking), then when life took a twist and I went to live with my older sister at age 13–a sister who couldn't cook when she got married! As time went on and she learned from her husband, who also is a wonderful old fashioned southern cook, she learned and became an awesome cook as well. I taught her a few of mom's recipes from when we were little, and over time she adapted them to make them a little healthier than some of the old southern cooking was believed to be. She in turn has continued to teach me tips and tricks for wonderful meals over the last 38 years!

    • Laurakc181

      I actually learned a lot about my cooking from my dad. He was an single father for a long time with me and was always so innovative with what he made. Always made it fun. My favorite thing he would make was pita pocket pizzas. We would make our own pizzas with pita bread, sphaghetti sauce and toppings and cheese. Was so fun!

    • Megsher

      My mom of course. She is an amazing baker!

    • Karen Logan

      My granny Susie was an awesome Southern cook. I wish she were alive to teach me more. She made the most awesome pound cakes and I just remember how much she loved cooking. I have some of her recipes. So she has really influenced me in cooking.

    • Lmsbartow

      My Daughter's Godmother, Helen, taught me how to cook. I was an adult, and knew nothing about cooking meals. She took me under her wing and taught me how to cook Southern just like her. I get many, many compliments on my cooking and I owe it all to Helen. Love you Helen!!!!!

    • Mary Alice Sneed

      My mama and my grandmother have to take the credit for my learning to cook. Mama's bread pudding is the absolute best, and I've tried and tried to duplicate my Grandmother's biscuits, but I don't think anyone could make them like she did. I also had one semester of home ec in 9th grade, and the first thing we made was volcano potatoes, which essentially was mashed potatoes with chili on top. Not too bad, as I remember.

    • Maria B. Ward

      My grandmother probably taught me the most about cooking although my mother and father were awesome cooks too. But Mawmaw never measured anything, just kind of threw it in, and everything always turned out delicious. Whether it was her wonderfully unique chicken and dumplings or her hotcakes, her waldorf salad or her meatloaf – it was always a hit! Her one sage piece of advice – add a pinch of sugar to everything – it improves the flavor!!

    • Susan

      My Mom taught me how to cook, then my Mother-in-Law taught me how to cook southern, lol.

    • Konnie

      My mom taught me all I know about cooking. Whenever I make a great home cooked meal for my family and/or friends it makes me feel like I am back at her table eating her southern comfort food. Christy's recipes are so much like hers and make me feel like she is right her with me again. ( she passed 8 years ago)

    • kellylherring

      My mom!!! And sometimes it wasn't by my choice, lol, she made me learn!!!

    • Ellen Fitz

      My Mom – but by showing me (unintentionally) what not to do! My Dad was a good cook but didn't cook very often. Wish I had paid more attention.

    • Janowen

      My Granny. I learned a ton just from watching her cook, helping her and eating such fabulous southern food. It leaves you with a taste for the real thing!

    • Barttb

      I need this cook book so that I can provide hubby tasty meals.

    • Cwhite1116

      My Mother. I sometimes still call her requesting recipes or asking her opinion.

    • Patleah

      My Great Grandmother and Grandmother taught me well. Cooking is something I really enjoy!

    • Scw38583

      I would watch my mother and my grandmother cook when I was young. I started cooking on my own when I was a teenager. I can never remember anyone actually showing me how to cook. I have always tried to make something, and if it did not turn out right I would continue trying until I got it right.

    • Meej1028

      My mother and the women in my family taught me the most about cooking and family since food was a big part of our korean culture. As for American cuisine, it was a lot of trial and error with advice from the internet, foodnetwork and cookbooks.

    • my sweet grandmother who I called Nany taught me everything I know about cooking. I miss her so much!!

    • Rikki

      My mom actually started teaching me how to cook at age 7. The first thing I learned was how to cook an egg.

    • Beth

      My granny never used a recipe and her cooking was delicious in every way. I think of her every time I make waffles for my boys.

    • Kteacher1980

      The person who taught me the most about cooking is my mama. Her love for her family and friends poured out into her food.

    • Jennifer Myers

      I learned to cook from watching my mother and my grandmother in the kitchen. :) Then as I got older and had some picky eaters of my own, I learned how to experiment and make simple dishes taste delicious so that my kids will eat them. Sites like Christy's have made it so easy to learn new things to try!

    • Billie Tatar

      My Nana. She raised me as a little girl and growing up she only let me watch her cook. It was still so amazing to watch her as she perfected these recipes. As I got older and started a family of my own she slowly let me help in the kitchen. When I moved across the country with my husband she flew out for a long visit and said, ” Billie it is time I teach you to cook.” We spent two weeks just cooking and it was something I will always keep close to my heart. So thanks to her I know love cooking and would rather be cooking than anything else.

    • MAnderson

      My grandfather taught me the most about cooking. He was like a father to me and mealtime was our time to bond and discuss his past and my goals.

    • Cboyce769

      I learned the most about cooking from my grandmother. BUT I can make the same recipes with the same ingredients and somehow it doesn't taste quite as good.

    • femery

      My Grandmother taught me what delicious food was all about, but my husband, oddly enough, taught me the most about how to make a good meal. His honesty and suggestions on how to make meals better and when to NEVER make something again has been key. Many wives might not appreciate it when their husband puts a word in on dinner, but I like it. It keeps me from wasting money on dinners that won't get eaten. :)

    • My Mama taught me what little I know. I met Christy this week and would love to have her book. :)

    • TxTeacher43

      I would love to have a new cookbook to teach my daughter how to cook and bake.

    • Kimberly DuBois

      My mom wasn't around as I grew up so grandma shared with me as much as she could.

    • Irene

      My mother taught me the most about cooking. She is so passionate about cooking, and is truly an artist in the kitchen. I used to watch her with awe from a young age. My favorite memories with my mother are in the kitchen. Today, I love to cook. I strive to cook just like her, and to make people feel as good as she made me feel. I am always eager to learn new cooking recipes, and to impress people with new innovations.

    • Lori

      My mother was never a great cook, but when she finally had an empty nest, we have learned to cook together. Food Network probably helped us the most!

    • ellen

      My best friend's mom taught me about good old fashioned southern cooking. They don't measure anything. It's just a handful of this or a pinch of that. Through the years I've adapted many of the recipes to make them more healthy. I actually make fried okra in the oven. Just don't tell my best friend's mom. :o) Ellen

    • Hwoody31

      Primarily learned to cook from my Mom, but always loved cooking with my grandmother too. Both were good cooks!

    • Wrbrwn

      My mother taught me the most about cooking growing up in the south with a family of four and only her income to support us all. Christy has put a new spin on some old favorites and we are so excited for her humble yet very gracious manner!!!! Congrats to her!!!

    • Sandy565

      My daddy taught me everything I need to know about cooking

    • Ladybugz1022

      My Granny, who will be 89 on Sunday, was a big influence on me as I watched her in the kitchen. She was up before the sun 7 days a week, making a big southern breakfast for the family, which was about 13 people, more when grandkids where there. 3 meals a day she would make fresh biscuits. She never used a recipe, and always mixed them by hand in an oblong wooden bowl that her father in law made her by hand. IF there were any biscuits left after a meal, they were placed on the table on a small plate and were fair game for anyone who wanted one. Even cold they were so good. Granny put more love into each meal than anyone I have ever met. She is not able to cook like that anymore because now she has Alzheimer Disease but she still has a heart big enough for everyone she meets.

    • Lynxathome

      My mom & grandmother taught me most of the things I have learned based on the animals we raised on the farm & and veggies ripe for harvest. However, any southern woman also knows good recipes can also be found any social occasion! As I entered in my tweens I was never bashful about asking the sweet ladies that were friends of moms for a recipe I liked! So my collection of recipes grew! And I still cook many of them today! So many of Christy's recipes are so familiar to me, & remind me of home in south Alabama. But for so many years I have cooked from memory, I would love to have a copy of the book to pass on to my children 20, 11, & 9 who also love to cook and would also enjoy the stories that go with them. I look forward to adding our own stories!

    • Michelle Ballantyne

      I think I am like most women — I learned to cook from my mother, who grew up on a farm. To this day she makes the best fried chicken and white gravy I've ever had! I would be honored to receive a copy of Christy's book as many of the recipes I make again and again have a story to go with them, too!

      Jenny — Thanks so much for all you do to make it easy for me and my family to save money! God bless you!

    • Mclann1

      My ex-mother-in-law was the one who taught me how to cook. When i married her son i was only 17 and had no clue how to cook. She allowed me into her kitchen meal after meal to learn exactly how dishes came together. The only problem was there was never any measuring. lol! I learned to guesstamate every dish. I believe that helped just a bit become a good cook. Even though her son and I are no longer together, I still have the memories of all the hours spent in her little kitchen. I now have taken all those special recipes and am teaching my children how to cook our home favorites… I LOVE cookbooks and reading and would love to be the winner of Christy's new cookbook..

    • Fieldjean

      My Southern cooking talent came from my grandmother and ultimately through my mother. Being on a farm,her techniques were simple and included just what she could obtain easily, as they lived too far from “town” to shop much. My favorite is her yellow squash, cooked tender, drained, and add a little milk and butter…… We call it “Georgia Ice Cream”, it is that creamy! I also make stuffed green peppers and use moistened saltines cooked in with the hamberger before stuffing to make it stick together, hmmmm. It makes you realize that you can make something from almost nothing when you are frugal. She absolutely would not have imagined the resources and products we have today!

    • Gigi

      My southern grandmothers taught me to cook…One grandmother was considered a genteel southern lady that insisted on “sit down” dinners with her finest silver, linens, crystal and china…I learned to do some high falutin' cooking!

      The other grandmother was a hardworking “from the earth” lady who cooked did some FINE down-home country cooking…She would have put Cracker Barrel to shame! She basically lived off the land, canning, freezing, perserving, etc…She and I would often head for the woods in search of scaly-bark hicory nuts…I feel blessed to have learned to cook from the “best of both worlds”…

    • Bcrouch1008

      My great aunt taught me most of what I know about cooking and baking. Of course my mama has been a big help too!!

    • Mom2teenagers

      My mother in-law is a superb cook and I had to learn how to feed her son that was accustomed to her good food! I must have been a good learner because he's stuck around for almost 18 years.

    • Megs12375

      My dad taught me the basics & my mom helped with baking.

    • sue

      According to my husband…..NO ONE taught me how to cook!……at least that's what he said very early on in our marriage! I remember the 1st “real” meal that I cooked for him…..pork chop casserole (pork chops layered with sliced tomato and onion resting atop white rice) sound great….except that I forgot to add water! He managed to choke some down while crunching pretty loudly! 24 years later, and several pounds on both of us…..I can honestly say that my cooking has improved, but I do owe it mostly to him (although I”d never tell HIM that)!!!

    • LindaAnne

      My Mama taught me to cook…but, I also picked up many, many recipes from my Honey's Mama and one of his sisters.

      Thanks again, Jenny, for all the tips and helps on this site!

    • Jackie G.

      My mom taught me the most about cooking and I thank her for that! I'm already cooking with my 2 year old :-)

    • Anne

      My mom taught me a lot, mostly by just helping out in the kitchen while I was growing up.

    • Kristin N

      My mom taught me a lot about cooking. Just wished she had recipes!

    • Rrwhitmore

      I learned a lot about cooking from my grandmother.

    • Modmia

      My Great-Aunt Nettie taught me the most about cooking. She cooked with her taste buds, her hands, and used the simple staples found in her depression-era kitchen. I remember one summer as a child my mother undertook to write all Aunt Nettie's recipes down. It was delightful to have so many delicious foods and frustrating for my mother because Aunt Nettie never used recipes so everything was “a couple of handfuls of this, a couple of coffee spoons of that, a few dashes of that” until it felt right in her hands, smelled right to her nose, and tasted right to her tongue. Oh the creations she could conjure up on her old Magic Chef stove! I wish she was still living so she could teach my daughter, her namesake, how to cook with her taste buds. I will be doing my very best to pass along the family tradition.

    • My mom is an excellent cook and taught me pretty much everything I know.

    • Opcworked4me

      My Mimi would have me in the kitchen with her while she was cooking!

    • Yumi

      My father was my cooking inspiration – sadly he passed away this year, but every time that I make something that he taught me, I think of him and feel as though he is still here with me.

    • Jennifer

      My mom… and Food Network!

    • rogers3431

      I have to give credit to my mom and my husbands aunt for teaching me how to cook! Both are no longer with me, but their recipes are!

    • Kathy

      MY mom never allowed me in the kitchen, always in her way. sooo I have had to wing it my whole life. But with GODS good graces and Great Cookbooks like these, I seem to do alright! :)

    • Elizabeth P.

      Definately my grandmothers!

    • Clwvining

      I learned alot from my grandmothers, fresh is best and enjoy your time in the kitchen.

    • Royale

      My Mom showed me so much about cooking and this is what she want for Christmas… The Southern Plate cook book:)

    • shelley

      I learned from the Food Network stars, whom I have been watching since the network started. Go Tyler Florence.

    • Ajdparks

      My mom taught me to cook as a child.

    • Foxyrudemom

      I taught myself a lot, but have also learned a lot from my loving family members!

    • Tom

      I have to give credit to my mom for teaching me the basics how to cook Bake! Although she is no longer with me, some of her recipes are!

    • Amy Webb

      My Grandma taught me about cooking in such a gentle way. I was always welcome to watch, help or just chat with her when she was in the kitchen. She made the world's most wonderful biscuits and fried chicken,

    • CarlaT0211

      My Grandma is the person from whom I learned the most about cooking. Almost everything I learned was at her kitchen table. I would love to have copies of this cookbook for my daughter and daughter-in-law.

      :)

    • Acrows

      my sister has taught me the most about cooking!

    • Blackeyedsuzan

      love one!

    • Mandy K.

      My mom taught me the most.

    • Melanie

      I am fortunate to have lots of great cooks in my family, but I would have to say my mom taught me the most. I also admire my aunts and my grandmothers.

    • Jennifer Picard

      I lived with my grandmother every summer from 11 until I got married. She was not in good health and I would go every summer to cook and clean for her. While there she taught me to garden and cook and so much more.

    • Whitequiet

      My mom, who has authored her own cookbook, taught me the most about cooking.

      Christy owes you a lot, Jenny, since I think many of us found her blog through your website. :)

    • Ealbin

      I went to culinary school, but I learned the most from my Mom, my Nannie and my Grandma!

    • Saraannelaw

      My mom taught my 3 sisters and me how to cook from the time we were little girls. We would rotate who got to lick the spoon with the yummy batter. As we got older, we joined 4-H and entered various baking projects to be judged. Some of my fondest memories are cooking in the kitchen with Mom and having Dad join us to try our creations.

    • Christi

      My mom taught me a lot about cooking but it was my grandma that encouraged me to use less measuring utensils lol. She never used a measuring cup or spoon!

    • kp

      Probably my husband, though I'm still learning and I love to read cookbooks.

    • Allison

      My Grannie B is my inspiration for cooking! Like many of the Southern Plate recipe she is a down home southern cook with simple ingredients that come out tasting FABULOUS!!

    • Alyson

      I grew up surrounded by people who loved cooking: both my parents, my grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. My favorite memories are cooking class with my grandmother learning to make her famous corn bread, sour dough bread. She instilled in me a love for cooking and a love for feeding others, which is one of the reasons I went to culinary school and became a Pastry Chef! THANKS GRANDMA!!!!

    • Amy B.

      My momma taught me most of what I know about cooking and gave me the inspiration and passion to try. Food Network, cookbooks, google and trial-and-error taught me the rest!

    • Melinda

      I learned a great deal from my GrandMother as well as my Mom, but have most recently learned a great deal from my Son! He's a chef and has taught me so much about using different spices to bring out the natural flavor of foods. The cook book would be wonderful! Thanks Jenny

    • MeganL

      would love to win this !! My parents and my husband taught me how to cook!!!

    • Bcogmom

      I would love to be able to say my mom taught me to cook but unfortunately she wasn't very good at it herself. My husband is actually the one who has taught me the most! Love him!

    • HaydenRossi

      I can remember experimenting in the kitchen with my grandma, but it was my Mom who took the time to teach me how to keep a well-stocked kitchen and how to cook. I definitely raided her recipe box before I got married!

    • Pattikaye

      I learned from my grandmother when I spent every summer with her. She started me out with just basic desserts when I was real young and I gradually learned more things just by watching her. She didn't use many recipes so as time went on, I tried to write things down. Then this wonderful thing called the “internet” came along and thanks to the many great southern cooks (like Christy!) and their websites, I have been able to acquire recipes that I longed to have but never got the details from Granny before she left this world :)

    • Martha

      My mom was the best cook in the whole wide world….She passed away 3 yrs. ago and I still miss her so much. When I cook her recipes, it always brings joy to my heart.

    • Kim

      It would be a tie between my mom and grandmother.

    • Rachel

      I've learned a lot about cooking from so many people, it's hard to name just one. My mom taught me the basics of baking, my husband taught me how to use a knife, my mother and sister in law taught me how to cook without a recipe, and I've learned tons from the Food Network and various cookbooks.

    • sadielou

      I learned the most about cooking from my grandmother!

    • Jen

      My grandmother taught me the most. She was a great cook!

    • Pawstoreflect

      I learned alot about cooking and herbs from watching my grandmother in her kitchen growing up, but, to be honest, I learned to cook mostly on my own, from reading and experimenting and, of course, watching the incomparable Martha Stewart!! :)

    • Susan Crane

      There have been so many people in my life that have taught me something. I started learning about cooking and the love and fellowship surrounding food about 40 years ago from my Great-grandmother Ormand. She and my Grandmother cooked at the hunting camp every winter and I would spend my winter vacations with them. I absorbed the pride they got in a successful meal. Success being judged by the number of heartfelt thank you's from the hunters on their way back to hunt. I learned so much from these women, about life, love, family and how to make the best smothered steak and buttermilk biscuits in the world.

    • harbinfamily

      My mom taught me how to be a great wife and mom…My husband taught me how to be a great cook!

    • big john

      well its either mama or alton brown i better go with mama

    • Sheenabsb

      I would love to try the cookbook and I love pictures to go by !!

    • Mandy

      My Mom taught me the most about cooking. We did alot of baking, but as a teenager she gave me the responsibility of preparing dinner on a weekly basis, which forced me to learn.

    • Kathy

      Both my grandma's taught me to cook they were the best.

    • Bethany

      My Grandmother taught me the most of my cooking skills. She passed away in August and I got her recipe box….which is now my most PRIZED possession.

    • Jblak687

      I learned a lot about cooking from Christy and her site. :-) I've been a follower since one of her very early posts. In fact, she is the one who led me to your site.

    • Astoker316

      My Nana taught me alot of cooking. We both love to get in the kitchen together and cook all kinds of things. We love trying new receipes and this book would be perfect for us to get together and try out the receipes.

    • Rachel

      My grandmomma and mom have taught me ALOT! They use the cook by sight method which used to frustrate me to no end, but now I find myself doing the same thing!

    • Makt002

      My grandmother. Even after a stroke left her without the use of one arm, she continued to cook the most wonderful southern meals and even baked. I still use bake her pound cake whenever I have time.

    • Mrs Embee

      Of course my mom taught me the most about cooking! She always seems to know how to cook everything from scratch without a recipe. Someday I hope that my daughter looks at me and my culinary skills with that adoration :)

    • Tennesseesmokey

      My mom probably taught me the most, but I have learned a lot since getting married by trial and error!!

    • sarahbwarren

      My Mama

    • Jrwilson

      No doubt! My mom taught me the most about cooking! She was determined to get me involved in the kitchen and made sure that I learned how to make some dying recipes before I got married. She even compiled me a recipe book of some of her own favorite recipes and gave it to me when I got married. I have a great mama!

    • Charlotte

      My Mom tried to teach me,but I was not really ready to learn. Now I try to remember what she had told me.

    • Tstralow

      My grandma is a wonderful cook. She is my inspiration.

    • Nursejlfountain

      I learned the majority of my cooking techniques from my Maw Maw. She always taught me to never waste food by throwing away leftovers-rather be creative to create a new exciting dish. I always thought she was just smart; it wasn't until I was older that I realized she cooked this way because her mother taught her how to “stretch a dollar because you never know when your next dollar is coming.”

    • Amy

      I learned a lot about cooking from my grandmother. I remember cooking out of the Nancy Drew cookbook when I was young. She doesn't cook anymore (she has dementia), but I have a lot of good memories! I also loved cooking with my dad growing up. He works in a factory and needed something to help him unwind after long days of physical labor. He would get everything going, and let me help in small ways. He always was singing Hank Williams and Elvis and making it fun!

    • Bev

      This cookbook sounds wonderful! My Mom taught me how to cook. I started cooking full meals for my family at the age of 9, so I love being in the kitchen!

    • Leahacamp

      My Granny taught me everything I know about cooking. She fried everything in cast-iron skillets and made the best skillet cornbread and homemade biscuits you can imagine. I miss her cooking so much!

    • Misty

      My mom!

    • Cheryl T.

      My Grandma Gladys taught me most of what I know. I learn some from my mom. But she worked all the time and when I turned 13 all the cooking was left to me.. Both my grandma and mom are gone but I still remember helping my Grandma in kitchen so many times. When I would go see my dad in later years I would always have to make him biscuits because he said they were just like his mom's. I still love to cook I just hate the mess… But my grandma also taught me to clean as you go and then the mess is not as bad..

    • B_sweetkerschbaum

      Well after I married my Southern boy (I'm from NJ) please don't judge! :) I realized I could only cook Italian. While I love it, I needed to brach out. My mom is NOT a good cook, I love her dearly but she hates spice. Well now I know whaat I was missing. I have had to learn how to cook on my own through lots of trials and errors lots of cooking shows, magazine recipes, and cook books! This one is right up my alley, I would love to expand on my ever growning recipe box and keep my very southern husband happy (by the way I could never go back up north, I'm a convert!!)

    • My Mom.

    • Dls1149

      My mother was my most important teacher as I learned to cook. But an aunt was the first to let me (at age 10) try things in her kitchen. And over the years, many others have added to my skills–my grandmother, father-in-law, college professors, Julia Childs and the Galloping Gourmet on TV, and now, all the wonderful cooking blogs!

    • My mother is and was my inspiration, though she wouldnt let me cook, she had me by her side showing me what to do and how to do it….. I have to admit that first year of marriage, my husband should have been admitted a few times for stomach pumping, but her persevered, and stuck it out… Thank goodness for Pepto Bismol, and Mylanta. And had we had unlimited long distance and cell phones back then, I might have been better at it before the end of the first year. I lived 500 miles away from her and phone calls in the middle of cooking wasnt viable when you have to get in a car and run to the phone booth…lol… But 22 years later, I have to admit, I have mastered “her Style” of cooking and in some things surpassed. Thank goodness for that, she has since passed 10 years ago, but with most every meal I cook, there is a part of Momma in it…..

    • Rachel

      My Husband's Grandmother tought me to let the milk sit out and come to room temp. while making Gravy! She is a fantastic southern counrty cook. She puts gravy on salmon patties, which she calls salmon balls.

    • jhillpot

      Would it be too obvious to say my mother? My grandmother's taught me a fair bit too.

    • Mkastor

      My mother, of course. I was born late in her life (at 46) and we had a very close relationship. She was a true down home, Southern cook who could whip up a meal for just us four or for a crowd with no thought about it being trouble. And what a cook she was–almost every day she made some type of meringue pie–chocolate, coconut, or sometimes just plain custard. She didn't follow a recipe, she just threw in a little of this and a little of that without measuring and it always turned out perfect. No shrinking meringues like mine usually do. At holidays, when the older children came back home with their families, she did most of the cooking and the table would be laden with many dishes. There wouldn't be just a couple of vegetables, but many to choose from. She set a wonderful example for me and the rest of her daughters and I like to think sometimes that I can cook as well as her, but there is nothing to replace your mother's own home cooking.

      Myra Kastor

    • kristie

      I have mostly learned to cook on my own trying out different cookbooks and online recipes. I've gotten much better over the years!

    • Sarhadawg99

      My grandmama showed me that cooking was from the soul. She was born in Anderson, SC and used to make everything from scratch, southern style. She loved cooking for her family and that love showed in her food. I remember cream corn (made with lard), cornbread and fried chicken. When she passed, the only thing I wanted was her cast iron skillet and her cookbooks. I miss her so.

    • Denise

      My momma… She is a great cook and she taught me as a child. I was soon making dinners for the family.

    • Rebekah

      My mother:)

    • Angela

      My mother taught me how to cook all the typical southern dishes. But my dearest memories are being in the kitchen with my grandmother aka gram and she would be cooking and she would talk out her ingredients and how to's just like she was putting on a cooking show right in her kitchen. She would even look up in the corner of the cabinets like she was talking to a camera. My gram passed away in April of this year but I plan on continuing that fun little tradition with my now four year old daughter.

    • Bollingkathy

      I know that most people are going to say their moms or grandmas showed them how to cook, but my husband (Bill) was the biggest influence on my cooking. We learned how to cook together those first few years of marriage, then I took over when the kids came along and I became a stay at home mom. Thanks Bill!

    • Kristie

      My sister taught me the most about cooking. She passed away several years ago when her daughters were very young. So I love to tell them “your Mom taught me that”.

    • momto2boys

      My grandma! I can still remember sitting up on the kitchen counter when I was a little girl and her teaching me all about southern cooking! She made the most amazing fried okra, and she used to put a little food coloring in the middle of her pound cake to give it a pink center just for me :) I miss her sooooo much!

    • Mom Logan

      I have wonderful mermories of learning to cook with my Grandmother.She had this wonderful recipe card holder but she always cooked by addiing a little extra of this or that all by taste.

    • KIMBERLYBOLICK

      MY GRANDMOTHER SHE EVEN MADE INSTANT TEA SO GOOD………..HER LOVING TOUCH

    • Dorothy Essex

      Like most people my first thought was my mama, but on deeper reflection I realized it has been my husband. When we were newlyweds I cooked my husband a meatloaf which of course he raved over. So…I cooked meatloaf at least twice a week for a month or two before he said…please no more meatloaf. We actually learned to cook together. He is actually a better cook than I, but after 32 years I am picking up my game in the kitchen!! I have recently retired from Nursing, and he is still working. So I am trying to become a better cook, so he can keep on working!!T

    • Courtney

      My Mommy has taught me the most. Especially during the past year (my first year of marraige).

    • Tricia

      My mother taught me the most about cooking and baking. I enjoy being creative in the kitchen. During high school, I started cooking dinner for the family. Dinner would be on the table when my mother came home from work. She is still a much better cook than I am, but I have been able to teach her a few tricks along the way. She is my inspiration.

    • marrimekko

      My mom taught me everything I know! :) She is a great cook….

    • Lawtons

      my mother and my grandmother taught me the most about cooking also my best friend keeps me up with new receipes and i read alot of magazines and cookbooks

      thanks for all your posts. I enjoy reading them.

      shannon l

    • Tanya

      Thanks for the giveaway. I learned the most about cooking from my aunt and grandmother!

    • Karenrk4

      My best memories are of cooking with my Dad. we are true southerners, so the things he tught me to make are very good. Sunday after church was the time for everyone to taste our wonderful food!

    • Dlseds78

      My grandmother and grandfather were bakers. They taught me alot about baking. One would make the cakes and the other would decorate them. Now, when I bake I use alot of things they taught me.

    • Hesssc

      My grandmother taught me the most about cooking. Although she spoke little English,
      cooking with her broke all the language barriers. I will always remember the good times we had in the kitchen!

    • Spence0258

      My husband has taught me the most about cooking. He can take whatever is in the refrigerator and make a meal of it. And, best of all, if it doesn't turn out great, he is a great sport about it!

    • Beckie

      My mother and grandmother taught me how to cook. Both of them were able to show me how not to be afraid to sub ingredients if I didn't have something, and how to use lots of fresh vegtables.

    • BE

      Last week my 3 year old and I cracked brown eggs into a bowl to make my Granny's pound cake (which was always on her counter growing up). It meant so much to pass down a wonderful memory of her to a new generation. The cake stands the test of time!

      • Carla C

        Care to share that recipe lol That's one thing mine never made. We had pecan pie and coconut cake but no pound cake lol

    • Peggy Hires

      For me it was my best friend Ann. My mother wasn't much of a cook with the exception of banana pudding. I learned how to make a pot roast from Ann. Her husband was a good cook also. Ann had a great deal of patience and never realized all the neat tricks she taught me. I make a wonderful gravy just from watching her. The years have passed and now we have several states and miles that separate us but I will be forever grateful for all the time we spent in her kitchen. The one thing she taught me was to always make the meal your own by adding the ingredients that you love to the dishes that you are making.

    • Becky

      I remember every summer my family would meet at my grandparents' house near Myrtle Beach, SC and my grandmother, my mom, and all of my aunts would be busy cooking up fried okra, butter beans, fried chicken, and fried cornbread…yum! I try to make my food smell that good while I'm cooking. And my grandpa taught me how to put a soft fried egg on my grits, chop it all up, and eat it all together!

    • Sc_petite_delight

      My grandmother would be the one who taught me the most about cooking – There was always love in everything that she did in her kitchen.

    • Daragianotti

      my husbands grandmom who is Italian taught me the most about cooking, She is from the old school, and boy can she cook.

    • Elaine1255

      Thanks for the chance to win. My mama taught me all I know about cooking. Out of her 3 children, I was the only one who would get in the kitchen with her.

    • Laceytrumbo

      My dad taught me the most about cooking – he is a man who loves food and loves to create delicious creations. I remember Sundays coming home from church and I couldn't wait to see what he'd thought of to cook for lunch that day . . . and now that I'm grown with a family of my own we still love to cook together.

    • Rmurraymom

      My father taught me the most about cooking. He was a cook in the air force and on oil rigs in the gulf for a time. His best advice was to cook what you like to eat. : )

    • Lisalayton

      Definitely my mom. I remember making mini-cakes around the age of 5 from her leftover cake batter, mac and cheese at 8, and lots more after that. I'm SO glad that she taught me from a young age. This book would be GREAT to allow me to do the same with my 6-year-old son!

    • Aymee

      I have taught myself to cook. My mom was too busy working when I was growing up to teach me to cook.

    • Dnicoll

      My grandmother taught me the art of cooking and loving the gift of cooking.

    • JP

      My grandmother taught me the most about cooking… She always made everything from scratch and had her favorite recipes to pass along…

    • Carla C

      My great grandmother and my grandmother (dad's side) taught me how to cook. There are so many wonderful dishes I am finally learning to cook that I watched them make as a child. My favorite however was my Grandmother's buscuits. They taste just like the ones you get a cracker barrel. It has taken about 20 tries but I finally got it right and now my 4 year old daughter loves them. It's great to see my child enjoy something that I also enjoyed as a child…all thanks to the women who loved me!

    • Abig

      My mom taught me everything. When I was just a toddler, she bought me a little step stool so that I could cook with her. She let me try to crack eggs, and mix everything. I love that we did that because I am the only one in my family that knows how to cook. And now that I have a daughter, I look forward to doing the same thing. She's too little right now, but I do out her in her high chair and explain everything I'm doing so that she can learn:)

    • I think I have learned the most from reading cook books. I don't get a cookbook to look up recipes ,I read them like a novel and take in the idea of a recipe and the technique. My Mom is a good cook but her idea of helping in the kitchen was “go get it ” or clean it up” . I love a cookbook that tells a story about the recipe and why the person likes it.
      I know my answer is not quite what you asked for but I hope I will be considered. I love your blog and dialog!

    • Steva Spottswood

      Well my grandmother of course.

    • Alittlebirdtoldme64

      My grandma taught me what I know about cooking. I can remember standing on a stool at five years old and making cornbread. She would tell me to put the cornmeal in a bowl and make a “well” (a hole) for the buttermilk to go in and then put in the shortening and watch it float like a bucket. I love to cook and that was her legacy to me.

    • warner

      My mom taught me everything I know. This book seems right up her alley.

    • Kristisdeals

      I would have to say my mom taught me most about cooking…she was a wonderful cook and everyone loved to come by for meals. Even though she passed away at an early age, she passed on her love for cooking and made sure my sisters and I all had a copy of the “red and white cover” cookbook that she started out with….you all know which one I mean. She wasn't there to actually teach me when it came time for me to have my own kitchen , but I remembered her creativity. If someone dropped in unexpectedly, she could take nothing and turn it into a wonderful meal and everyone always felt welcome and had plenty to eat. I hope to pass that on to my daughters. ps…yes, we're all cookbook addicts and would love to win the cookbook.

    • Amy

      My husband. It was nice to work together, and now my children help in the kitchen.

    • rita

      My grandmother, Nanny B was a great influence on my life and taught me how to make wonderful southern meals with what you have on hand. Living on a farm and raising her family during the depression taught her to make dishes without recipes with what she grew in her garden or picked from fruit trees. She was a wonderful cook, a loving grandmother to me and great grandmother to my two daughters. I wish daily I had her talents.

    • seswin

      My mom has taught me everything I know about cooking. She is now 80 years old, doesn't get around very well, and her eyesight is failing, but she still cooks for herself and I often call her with questions about cooking. I have learned much and have perfected many of my own recipes, but I still need her help often. Couldn't imaging not having her to call.

    • Tara

      I learned everything I know about cooking from my mom!

    • Leydenh

      I children's nanny taught be so much about cooking… Just the other day my daughter asked me to make her that “special toast with egg. I had no idea what she was talking about! So, I called Gwen and realized that my daughter was asking for french toast! Gwen gave me her special spices and recipe and my 3 year old little girl was happy! I just read about Southernplate in Southern Living this month. How exciting that you are friends with her!!

    • Susan

      My mother and Rachael Ray!!!

    • McKenzie

      My Nana taught me so much about cooking. She has always been willing to try something new. Now, I am the same way.

    • Foursillysisters

      My Mom was the one baker I learned the most from and my dad is probably the cook I learned the most from. Thanks for the chance to win!

    • My husband has taught me the most about cooking!

    • Dwfly

      My good friend Judy taught me all I know about cooking. She was patient and kind and everything a good friend should be. No question was too silly and no tradition too small to celebrate. I am who I am because of her influence.. Friends can be family too!

    • Sdavisva

      My mom and my grandma.

    • Amanda

      I learned the most from my mom–but my husband is a great cook and i learn from him everyday!!!!Thanks

    • Ashley

      My grandmother (Bimi) taught me so much about cooking. I was able to live with her during several semesters of college, so it was a fun time together that I'll never forget. My favorite picture of her is her cooking at the stove with her nightgown on, making a terrible face because I'm taking a picture of her in her nightgown :)

    • Wendy

      Both my Grandma and Mom – without them, I would be lost when it comes to cooking and caring for my cast iron skillets.

    • Elizabeth

      My mother is an awesome cook and she has taught me just about everything I know. Her homemade fried chicken, rice and gravy and biscuits from scratch are the best!

    • Sjp00036

      I grew up learning a lot about cooking from both my parents as well as my grandmother. Since I lived next door to my Granny, I spent most everyday at her house, sitting on the counter watching and learning her secrects to homemade buttermilk buscuits, fried chicken, tea cakes and chocolate pies. At 90 yrs old, my granny is still the best cook I know, and I only hope to be half as good as her with her reciepes :)

    • Helen

      I am going to have to say Christy at Southern Plate!! She has given me the confidence to try all the southern classics. Love her blog!!

    • Marilyns007

      My mother tought me how to cook.

    • BrenLuk

      I am a self taught cook. I have used recipes and learned over time how to tweak them.

    • Holly

      My husband was the first person to introduce me to the kitchen. When we were dating and when we were first married I could barely boil water. I would watch him cook up some chicken or shrimp without a recipe and throw it together with some pasta and jarred sauce and think it was the best meal I'd ever had! 5 years later, I don't know what I would do if I couldn't cook! It's my favorite thing in the world!

    • Jmmc131

      My sister taught me to cook some things, but I pretty much learned on my own through trail and error.

    • Imawhitt2

      My mother was the 2nd oldest in a family of 9 kids but did not learn to cook, she took care of the little ones. She was self taught once she was married (at 17) and cooking just never came to her. Going to my grandmother's house we crowded around the kitchen and watched her cook all the time. She is the only person I have ever seen cook cornbread on top of the stove in a cast iron skillet. She would flip the whole thing like it was a pancake! Her specialty was a Mexican dish she talked a waiter in Mexico into giving her. She cooked it for special occasions because it was so labor intensive. Unfortunately she passed away without anyone in the family getting the recipe. We looked through every scrap of paper we could find, but I guess it was in her head.

    • Leighann

      My home economics teacher taught me how to cook. She was not a spring chicken then (25 years ago) and she still teaches where my kids are going to school!

    • lmsunshine

      I pretty much taught myself how to cook, and I never really started until I got married. I like to take a recipe and tweak it to our liking. My husband has (mostly) enjoyed being my guinea pig.

    • Melissa

      My Grandmother on my Dads side.

    • Ant0288

      my aunt

    • Rebecca

      My Mommy taught me to cook just the way her mom showed her. I was lucky in that I got to be around both of them (and their recipes). We went to Granny's every Sunday. I hope to teach my girls the same recipes and techniques.

    • Topjenn82

      Thank you for the opportunity to view the cookbook. My is still teaching me to cook. It is a wonderful way to spend time with her and my daughter.

    • stew

      I grew up on this food and watched my mother and grandmother cook. I learned a lot but most recipes were a pinch of this and a little bit of that. I would love this cookbook.

    • Crystal

      Both my mom and dad taught me when I was young. My mom worked in a factory and worked tons of crazy shifts and when she was not at home I would cook for my dad. They were the best teachers and taught me so much.

    • Kara

      Rachael Ray or Pampered Chef (not really a person), it is a toss up! I get so energized when I see new PC recipes or watch RR's show. Love to cook!

    • Heather M

      Growing up my grandmother taught me how to cook. She owned a restaurant and I was always there with her. She has taught me alot in life, but cooking has been a great memory I have of us together.

    • Jessicamlundgren

      My mom and my grandma…My grandparent's were poor farmers from the bottom's of mississippi, but you would never know it by the way they cooked. Everything tasted straight from heaven. I love the South.

    • chrystalm

      I have to say my sister taught me all that I know about cooking, and now I'm a better cook than she is. :)

    • Charlotte

      My mom.

    • Julie F.

      My mother-in-law actually continues to teach me how to cook. I'd love to be able to give something back to her to say THANKS!

    • Lmarthur124

      I would love to win one of these. I LOVE cookbooks and I actually use them to try new recipes.

    • Polly Stokes

      I learned to love to cook from my Aunt Dolly. As a young girl, we would make the trip every Thanksgiving or Christmas, on alternate holidays. I loved to go to their home, I would always race in to find her in the kitchen, and start asking questions immediately about what she was making. She never used recipes that were written down, because she memorized them all. She always told me a story about what she was making, and where she heard the recipe from, and why it was a great “compliment” to our holiday meal. She had so much love and joy in her eyes, and was so happy to cook for all of us! I appreciate her so much, and she is the reason that I loveto cook so much today!

    • allison

      My mother in law is a retired Home Ec teacher so she's taught me a lot.

    • Denise

      my mum(i'm fromEngland) taught me to cook we both cook everyday and I am proud of that as everyone seems to eat out or fastfood

    • Susanw2004

      I learned everything I know about cooking from my (now) ex-mother-in-law. We were in-laws for 25 years before the divorce. I would love to have my kids (her only grandchildren) sign this book and give it to her as a gift from our part of the family. She is 80 yrs. old and it would mean a lot to her.

      I know Christy and have been to her home to eat before…fabulous cook!

    • Eightiesinferno

      The person who taught me to cook the best was my Grandma.When I was growing up there was never a empty Kitchen.The stove always had something on it good to eat.There was always and never ending supply of biscuits and preserves.Even in the Fall and Winter we had fresh vegtables canned in Mason Jars..Love those memories

    • Missemilyjames

      hmmmm…a tie between my mom and my babysitter growing up!

    • Susan H.

      definitely my mom

    • Kristie

      I learned a lot from watching my Nana cook. I am thankful she is still alive to talk to and learn from!

    • Loglinmom

      I learned everything I know from my dad..we rarely follow a recipe..and I taught myself a lot.

    • Plaidjenn

      My mom definitely taught me the most about cooking!

    • Jackie

      My mother-in-law and my Aunt.. I really didn't learn to cook until after I was married. And I carry around an extra 50 lbs. to show for how good of a cook my mom-in-law is.. My Aunt and I live in 2 different states but when I visit her she teaches me all sorts of tips and tricks.. I love them both to pieces..

    • Lanie

      I love cookbooks and this one sounds like a must have! My sister taught me a lot and shares her wonderful recipes with me.

    • Neonurse75

      My Grandmother would always invite me to help her cook, espcially at Christmas. I have lots of fond memories!

    • Kristin

      My Grandma…she makes this breakfast gravy that is THE BEST and no one in my family knows how to duplicate it. I spent a week with her this summer determined to master it…by the end of the week I think I had come as close as I will ever get!!

    • Tisha

      A combination of my mom and my husband. :-)

    • Donna

      My grandmother lived right next door to me. I spent lots of fun times at her house especially in the kitchen. She not only taught me how to cook, but how to love to cook for my family as an expression of my love to them.

    • Heather

      My dad taught me how to cook. He retired early and took over the cooking to help my mom out. With my family of six and our picky eaters I still call him a couple of times a week with questions. I'm thankful I still have him to teach me.

    • sarahcas

      My earliest memories of cooking are in the kitchen at my grandparent's house with my grandma. She died before she could really teach me much about cooking but my mom has taught me most of what I know.

    • scarie

      Food was love for us growing up. I was taught by my grandmother and mother in all ways Italian and then what ever else we were in the mood for. Now I teach a cooking class after school for kids after teaching my regular 3rd grade all day and I am sharing that passion. :)

    • Kathyneff

      My MOM ! And then watching Paula Dean on TV got me inspired!

    • MAS

      I learned to cook from experimenting, watching the Food Network, and reading cookbooks and magazines.

    • Lcmoberg

      Like many others, my mom has been the biggest influence on how and what I cook for my own family. Some of her famous advice to me when I was getting married was, “If dinner isn't ready when he comes home, saute some onions until you can think of something to cook.” Aromas in the kitchen bring back so many childhood memories. When I became a vegetarian at age ninteen, she started exploring this whole new kind of cooking with me. As for baking, my biggest influence would have to be my high school chemistry teacher Miss Maida, who taught me the importance of precise measurements and following directions in the order in which they were given!

    • My Gaga (grandma) taught me everything I know about cooking. I wish I lived close enough to have time in her kitchen each day to learn from her and to talk with her. I remember sitting at her kitchen counter when I was younger listening to her tell me stories about my family and myself when I was a toddler asking for “a piece in air” (piece in there) of whatever she was cooking or hiding in the cabinets. Cooking with her is not only learning recipes and the secrets, but it's also learning stories that originate around those recipes.

    • Beth

      My Mama taught me the most about cooking! Every good southern girl knows how to make a mean casserole, and my Mama taught me how to make my very first one: broccoli-cheese, YUM. She also imparted culinary wisdom like, for example, that Duncan Hines is the only acceptable cake mix to use! I now do most of my baking from scratch, but I totally know better than to have any other cake mix on hand, and if I do, never let Mama see it!

    • Angiekfam

      My husband has been my biggest influence!! We have been married for 20yrs and he has been our primary cook just about the entire time. I love being in the kitchen with him!

    • Kathie

      My mother and grandmother taught me to cook.

    • Muffinstuff1

      y grandmother was a wonderful Sothern cook. Like her, I love to cook – particularly when I can take my time. My husband and I huave a great family – 3 sons, a daughter, 3 daughters-in-law, a son-in-law and a bunch of terrific grandkids. I love trying new recipes and making family meals and other treats. I would really get a lot of use out of the Souther Plate cookbook.

    • Amy

      Oh, my mother for sure!

    • Kriss

      My mom taught me how to cook. I learned most that cooking is more than filling your stomach; It's about filling your home with the wonderful memories that family meals create. I hope to build great meal memories with my husband and our baby girl and would love to have new recipes to add to that!

    • Amy

      My grandmother has given me some of her good old fashioned recipes from the deep south! ;) YUM!!

    • Angiebarber2

      My mom taught me the basics and my husband taught me to finesse and experiment!

    • Christy

      From my mother!

    • Katjoyfraz

      There's no question that my mom taught me the most about cooking. I am the oldest of 10 children. Mom always made the most delicious, crave-worthy meals for us, and now I get to use her recipes on my husband (of 2 months)!

      I really became “awe-inspired” by food (and the cooking thereof!) by one of my professors in college. Our quarter-long “Aesthetic Gastronomy” class changed my life. As a new school-teacher, one of my desires is to instill a love of FOOD and cooking in my students… Next week I'm having a special cooking day with them!

    • Kathy

      My mother taught me to cook and I cook all the time now.

    • Robyn

      The person who taught me the most about cooking is my Uncle Harold. I would spend every Saturday with him growing up. We would watch Julia Child on PBS in the afternoon and start cooking around 6. He taught me all the southern favorites with a few French ones thrown in. He never married or had children, so he enjoyed the company and I enjoyed learning from him.. I still go and see him and we talk about cooking. I treasure those Saturdays many years ago. Cooking together bonds us together.

    • kim

      My grandmother was the one who taught the most about cooking and my favorite which no one in our family has perfected was a rice dish with tomatoes, onion, datil peppers and any kind of meat and cooked for hours to perfection. She tried to teach us but no one got it. Now that she has gone home to hermaker, I am thankful for the time she had to teach me southern home cooking.

    • Dennie1nc

      My Mother taught me to cook. She used to put me up on a chair so that we could make bread and home made coconut cream pies. those are the precious memories of being in the kitchen with mom. I have since taught myself to make many dishes and enjoy being in the kitchen and cooking up a storm.

    • my grandmother and trial and error (and believe me, I have made some errors)

    • Tjordan07

      My Mother taught me how to cook. I am still learning from her.

    • Kendall

      My mom is definitely the one who taught me how to cook.

    • Cindy

      My dad is the one that taught me the most about cooking. He would just throw things together out of the fridge…never with a recipe.

    • kim

      I would have to say that I've learned how to cook from ALL the women that have been a part of my life since I was really little. When I was younger, I have memories cookin' those old southern recipes with my maw-maw and momma. I remember thinking that when I get older I would cook 'fancy' food not that old-fashioned stuff I was forced to eat as a kid. While in the Army, I remember cooking those 'fancy' dishes with women that I met while stationed in Germany. I even learned a few things from those crazy women at work (hey Shirley)!! Now at 36, with three kids and husband, I find that I've come back to my roots. I love Christy's recipes. (Granted, I still don't cook too well and everything I fix is as ugly as home-made sin).

    • peyton88

      This will sound ridiculous but I've learned the most from FOOD NETWORK (TV)!!

      My mom didn't cook too much when I was growing up. I've recently become obsessed with eating better and eating whole foods so I've taken up “cooking”! I'm inspired most by INA GARTNER (Barefoot Contessa)….love her recipes!

    • Tina

      My Mom was a great cook! I learned a lot from her and from reading lots of cookbooks!

    • Melissa

      I learned a lot from my mom, but also on my own. My dad is an awesome cook and has a passion for it like me, thats where I get it from! My mom and dad both worked when we were growing up so we (my 2 sisters) had to do some of the cooking and cleaning when we were old enough, it was a lot of hamburger helper! But that is where I learned the basics. My dad since he retired cooks more than before and we are always talking about recipes. Im not sure my sisters got the cooking passion but I sure did! I have been a regular reader of southern plate and I agree this book is more than a cookbook, I read it like a novel and love it. It is the best cookbook I own by far, It is well worth the money even at regular price.

    • Lori B. nsc

      My grandmother. She taught me a lot growing up & I always called on her when I first got married. She's been gone for 17 yrs. now but I still use her recipes.

    • Susan

      my grandmother taught me the most about cooking

    • jnf0314

      my dad taught me the most about cooking

    • April

      My mom is definitely the one who taught me the most about cooking!

    • Sabatycki

      My dad has taught me the most about cooking!

    • libby

      My grandmother taught me the most

    • charlotte

      My boyfriend has taught me the most about cooking. He uses all of his senses when cooking…smelling the different ingredients, tasting them, watching for the broths and stews to “turn”. It's really quite a show and I've learned alot!

    • Maureen

      I can not say that any one person taught me about cooking. My mother just automatically handed over the reigns to help with cooking once I got old enough. I am the oldest of 7 siblings. What I have learned has been trial and error.

    • MarionR

      It's my mom, with 4 of us she had to be creative to take care of all of our tastes. But dad still makes a mean meatloaf!!!

    • Sunholly

      My mother-in-law has taught me the most about cooking. She is very patient with me. I love her soooo much!!

    • Denise

      My Aunt has taught the most about cooking. I want this book so badly, but my husband says I have to put it on the Christmas wish list.

    • hsg2010

      It's a toss-up between my mom and my maternal grandmother.

    • Sabrina

      Watching my mother, grandmother and great aunt. They each play a part in my cooking skills. Thanks to all of them–I love them each very much.

    • Moglichic33

      My husband has taught me to try new types of recipes and what to combine for marinades and such.

    • Christine

      my mom taught me the most.

    • bnsbooher

      My mom, and my adopted as adult father!!

    • ChristyMy

      My mom and a good friend taught me.

    • Darlenecary

      An employer named Stefanie.

    • Sue

      Definitely my mom. She is now 84 years old and still can cook unbelievably! She was taught so many special recipes by her mother, who was taught by a African Amercian Nanny who was from the south. I learned how to make homemade pudding, hot fudge sauce and incredible pies from my mom. Now I am passing these down to my daughters so the gift goes on…….

    • ABossong

      My husband taught me the most. European girl knows how to cook American foods :)) Thank you Chris !!!

    • Pbjbschaefer

      I never wanted to learn how to cook growing up which I regret because I lost both my Grandmothers and my Mother before I figured out how to cook, so I started to watch some of the food channels and just started to experiment, but I truly believe God gave me the talent to provide tasty meals for my family.

    • Txbnd03

      My grandma taught me how to cook! She is my hero!

    • Crissy_lor

      My Dad.

    • Susan

      My mother taught me to cook. She was a delicious cook, but I'll never be as good as she was.

    • Michelle

      My ex boyfriend taught me the most about cooking – at least he was good for something! ;)

    • Crrlgibson

      My mom and dad :)

    • Hallie1200

      My mother, I would give this to her!

    • tcrawley2

      Mom of course.

    • Cpnsavingmom

      I learned to cook from my mom

    • Jillian

      My Maternal Grandmother, Lona VanWyck; she taught me a lot about cooking. She helped me cook with what I had, putting things together from scratch, not just out of a box or can. I loved cooking with her, it was like a science project… who knew you could make Sloppy Joes out of ketchup, brown sugar, vinager, and mustard??? WOW! She is amazing and so influential. I will be forever grateful ( and so will my family) to the time she spent with me in the kitchen.

      Desert out of sugar and flour?? I was so amazed that sugar cookies were so easy. Thanks G-Ma, I hope one day to pass along your traditions. :)

    • Wrightktnc

      my mom and sisters

    • Rhonda

      Learned from my mom and my granny. Watched everything they did while they were cooking !! Great Southern cooks !!

    • Raussie74

      My mother is still teaching me (ha ha), and I took home economics in High School

    • Barb P

      My mother definitely was the one that taught me great Southern cooking. We always had a garden so everything was fresh from the garden.

    • Kelly McDaniel

      The person who taught me the most about cooking would probably be my grandmother. She is an excellent cook and makes an outstanding vidalia onion casserole.

    • Cynthia

      My grandmother who never wrote any recipe on paper… loved being in her kitchen watching her and trying to write down what she was doing. Glad I did … have so many of her recipes that might have been ever lost.

    • Sthomas8105

      My husband has taught me the most about cooking. He came from a family of eight and he can take any ingredient in the kitchen and turn it into a meal!

    • Emmayun2

      My mom taught me everything I know about cooking and I still do not think I can cook anything as good as she can!

    • Lanichols33

      My HUSBAND has taught me the most about cooking and by default I guess his mom. He spent a lot of time with her in the kitchen growing up and definitely paid attention. Our 11 year anniversary is tomorrow (Saturday) and I can honestly tell you that I am absolutely the cook and baker I am today because of him! Love you honey!!

    • KL

      My mom and my dad's mom both taught me the most about cooking. I only wish I could cook as good as them!!

    • Kylie

      My husband is the one who taught me to cook! We married young and I was totally unprepared to be a wife and cook… thankfully, my hubby is excellent in the kitchen but is also gracious with me as I learn.

    • Hildacrowe1

      My mom had me working alongside her in the kitchen ever since I was a little girl. I learned as I grew without even noticing how much knowledge I attained. I love cooking and I thank that to my mom who taught me everything. Now I have my little girl by me and hope I can do a good job like she did.

    • Kalistriax

      My parents taught me to cook.

    • Mindijogillet

      I basically taught myself by watching foodnetwork and googling. I have a deep passion for cooking. I think that it began when I got married and moved from Michigan to Charleston, SC and had a longing for foods that we had growing up that kn.ow wrote the recipe for and much to my dismay these dishes held no real meaning to them. To me it was my fondest memories of my childhood. Almond Banket, Goulash, Pig in the blankets (homemade all the way and lots of casseroles and baked goods. I have found some of those recipes and it puts me back home. My son just came back from his first deployment and I taught his wife some of the dishes while he was gone. Now we have new memories to add to the old.

    • ND

      My friend Tammy taught me and inspired me in couponing..

    • Jennifer

      My grandma taught me a lot about cooking. I would always call her when I had a question about how to fix something. I still use many of her recipes with my own family.

    • LulieR

      my stepmother taught me that onions, garlic and bacon in a black iron skillet make any house feel like home. she also taught me to “use your nose” and you can make almost anything. she was an eclectic, southern woman who knew how to make it all from scratch, but believed in a little help from the can and box. not many nights go by when i am cooking that i don't remember her or something she taught me.

    • coupon crazy

      My dad was the cook at our house and he taught me everything I know. I loved spending time with him in the kitchen!

    • Jess

      My grandmother taught me to cook at a very early age- I was the biscuit cutter at 2. She passed away when I was seven, but I still use the skills and recipes she taught me when I was a a little kid.

    • andreab

      My mom – though she loves using a pressure cooker and I don't! I love trying new recipes.

    • Chara

      My cousin, who is 20 years older than me, taught me most of what I know about cooking. Lesson #1, clean as you go. That might be one of the best things I learned. I then learned to add a pinch of this, a dash of that and a little love to every recipe and well, you know how it goes. You really don't end up needing recipes. It drives my husband CRAZY, but it's fun. That's what is awesome about cooking, I enjoy it and am so excited when everyone enjoys it. I also love to remember all of the memories she and I had as I grew up with her teaching me how to do all of those little things!!

    • Joyceboone

      My Grandmama taught me how to cook. She taught me make biscuits, cornbread, cakes and pies without a recipe. She taught me by texture, feel, taste and smell. I still to this day (50 years later) can hardly follow a recipe without changing it in some way but I sure do love to try. My Grandmama is now 100 years old. She is still the best cook in the world and the cook I most want to be like.

    • Lisa Ashby

      My granny! I still have her box full of recipes – some are over 40 years old.

    • AngieJ

      Does Betty Crocker count? My mom taught me how to open up the Betty Crocker box and follow the directions on the back. My husband is still teaching me to cook. He is a very good cook, but messy.

    • thriftymom63

      My mother is the one who taught me how to cook. She always had a way of adding ingredients without measuring and making whatever she cooked taste great.

    • Mlgosdin

      my mom taught me everything i know about cooking! i don't think i'll ever be as good as her, but i love cooking things that i learned from her!

    • Peggy

      My parents and two wonderful friends that are incredible cooks taught me the basics about cooking and then just trial and error.

    • Amy Barrett

      My mother taught me the most about cooking. She didn't need a cookbook but boy did she like to read cookbooks. She also taught my daughter, April, how to cook biscuits. April was only three and a half when my mother passed away and you might not think a 3 year old would remember how to cook biscuits but she can. Everytime I eat one of April's biscuits it reminds me of my mother.

    • Mylexis

      Of course my MOM..

    • Rebecca

      My Mother-n-law she is the best.

    • Paover1

      My grandmother, who taught me to make featherlight biscuits, crunchy cornbread and sausage gravy. And who taught me to be fearless in the kitchen.

    • Jesi

      My mom and grandmother are my biggest influences. I remember baking Angel Food cake with my grandmother (from scratch!) when I was only 3 years old on her kitchen counter. The first time I opened up a boxed mix and it said “just add water” I thought “where are the egg whites??” With the prompting of the rest of my family, she wrote down all our family recipes and gave them to me as my wedding present- how special! My husband and I just had a baby so I don't always get the time to cook from scratch anymore. I would love a cookbook that reminds me of the southern cooking of my grandmother, but is easier to follow for this phase of life!

    • Stacey Thurmon

      My great aunt was an excellent cook. I still have the copy of the Betty Crocker cook book which was given to her when she was a young cook. I still to this day cook from that book.

    • Cinderelligirl

      My Aunt and older sister, I used to hate cooking but now its a fun challenge. Kinda like couponing, practice “bakes” perfect!

    • Kogburn

      My mom is the best cook ever. Her potato salad is to die for. The reason it is so good is because of her homemade pickles in it. My mom now is 81 years old and is still making delicious pear and fig preserves, grape jelly and freezes and cans all her own vegetables. If I have any question about cooking it is my mom I always know to call.

    • Connie

      It's a toss up between my husband and my mother-in-law.

    • Crazy1comet

      hmm…would have to say the basics from my mom, anything away from the norm has been via food network or cook books

    • Susan

      My Mom, when I was in 4th or 5th grade & she would have me fixing dinner after school cause she was working late, everthing from meat loaf to home made pinto's. I cooked more when I lived at home than I do now that I'm on my own.

    • Angelamyers32

      My Grandma teaches me the most about cooking. To this day, at the age of 32, I still call her with what I think are 'silly' cooking questions, but she always has an answer!! :)

    • Cayman Richardson

      Sad to say I have been married almost a year now, and my husband is teaching me to cook!

    • Marina115

      My parents taught me how to cook and after 5 years of marriage, I still call them up for recipes and tips!

    • Saveqs

      My husband, he is an amazing cook and I knew nothing when we got married.

    • Bamabobbie

      My mother-in-law majored in Home Ec in college and was a wonderful cook. Old fashioned, no recipe like my mother and then right by the recipe on baking her wonderful cakes, etal.

    • Sheree Printz

      My mom taught me the most about cooking. We had 5 children growing up in our house, a combined family from previous marriages. When my step sister's mother passed and her and my step-brother came to live with us full time, we really had to watch our costs so mama was always cookin'. I can remember her makin ghoulash in a huge spagetti pot and me tryin' to sneek some sharp cheddar off the block. Go out and play she'd say. That was back when you could send your kids out to play and not worry. I wanted to be right there with her, watchin' her every move. I remember having to do a few projects in school where you had to write about family recipes and baking for 4H. I have always loved cookin' and I owe it to my mom who nurtured the passion. Thanks and good luck everyone.

    • clk_mom

      Definitely my mom. I don't know how she did it, but many, many days it was three *cooked* meals on the table (with dessert), and of course, a big Sunday dinner (with a choice of desserts!). I don't know that I will ever be able to cook like her! Many of Christy's recipes that I've seen on her blog are very close to the ones my mom used to make, and it would be wonderful to actually have measurements for the ingredients instead of “pinch/dash/bit” that I got from her. I was also very glad to see that there are so many pictures in the cookbook — it makes it so much easier when you can see where you are headed!

    • Leighann

      My mother taught me to cook. She was a GREAT cook!

    • Shanregister

      I learned the most from my Granny – a good ole southern cook! I miss her delicious meals and I REALLY miss her…

    • Flaina67

      my favrite person who taught me was a friend wo is no longer with us who too had stories behind all dishes she was famous for her biscuits ill miss vinnie very much she taught me to have fun in the kitchen

    • Dawnangel629

      My grandmother makes the best bisquits from scrtch. She does not measure she just eyeballs. I am proud to say that I am the only one of 9 grandkids and 10 great grandkids to master the home made from scratch just eye ball it bisquits. It took a lot of practice and a lot of screw ups.

    • Ksue

      My boyfriend has taught me the most about cooking.

    • Kmchilders

      My grandmother taught me the most about cooking. She was a true southern lady and put love into each dish she prepared.

    • noahsmommy731

      I learned to cook from my grandmother, she is 97 years old and cooking is what makes her who she is. The doctors say if she ever forgets how to cook, it will frustrate her to the point, that she will wither away!
      Growing up as a child she cooked these big southern meals meat+sides++ for dinner(cause that is what we call it in the south). While she can't tell you the measurements for anything and nothing taste exactly like it does when she makes it. She showed me how to love cooking and people will love your food!

    • Diane

      My mom taught me the most about cooking.

    • Grandma's girl

      My grandmother taught me the most about cooking. I learned from her that a “little of this” and a “little of that” was how she made most dishes, cakes, and pies. I learned from her that Nabisco Nilla wafers were the only brand to use to make banana pudding. I also learned that no matter how tired she was or how bad her arthritic hands hurt, she never felt better than when she was cooking for her family. My grandma went to be with Jesus 18 years ago on October 10, but I can still smell her gingerbread and see her frying chicken on Sunday for lunch.

      PS If Grandma was alive today, she would have to be a fan of Southern Savers and Nabisco coupons if she still wanted to use Nilla wafers. The price for a box is outrageous!

    • Amy

      I would have to say my dad has actually taught me the most about cooking!

    • Ctkearns

      My mom doesnt really cook and my dad doesnt know what a kitchen is for ! so i have learned the most from cooking from my husband and mother in law !!

    • Prattm

      I would love to have a copy of this book. I am a transplant in SC. I have lived here for over 20 years & would love to learn how to cook some of my favorite foods that I enjoy at local Charleston restaurants & during fellowship pot lucks at church.

      • Prattm

        I learned a lot watching my grandmother & mother in their kitchens growing up. I also learned a lot from Mrs Carfano my cooking teacher in high school.

    • Mrslisaodonnell

      All of my favorite recipes are from my mom, but I love cookbooks and I would love to win this one!

    • Jokr523

      My mom has taught me the most about cooking. I have many happy memories of baking cookies and making messes with Mom in the kitchen. However, some things I have learned from her mistakes, like never skimp on ingredients. Which is why this site is so great, cause I can save enough to splurge on the good stuff!

    • Burns_jenifer

      MY SON! He is 16 and I am so proud of him…he says the reason he had to learn to cook is because I cook out of a box…lol…and I have bought him those spices when he wanted to do something new. He makes me want to try harder to be a better cook. He loves cookbooks and we try to shop around at used book stores to give him new ideas. This would make a great Christmas gift.

    • HeatherS

      My mom – from the time I could sit up, I was in the kitchen with her. LOVE to cook, but love to cook even more with my little girl just like my mom did with me. Isn't it funny, no, not funny, Isn't it neat how cooking makes us all nostalgic?!

    • amhy

      Both my mom and grandmother. My grandmother made everything from scratch. I never saw a box of food in her house unless it was cereal.

    • Teresa Martin

      My Mom was not much of a cook… I learned mainly by collecting recipes from various co-workers and quizzing them if there was anything that didn't make sense to me. For years I bought every church or civic group cookbook I could find because they usually had “everyday” food vs. the “fancy food” that was usually in other cookbooks you could buy at the bookstore.

    • Mcadamsashley

      My Mother and Mother In Law Both taught me a lot in the kitchen.

    • Binnybean

      My father taught me the art of cooking as i was growing up. He always made dinner every evening, and breakfast every morning. I was his little helper. Now that Im older, we exchange recipes over the phone. I have moved away and now have family of my own, but our love for food and good spices from Penzleys have kept our relationship strong. He taught me that cooking for your family is not just fun and tasty, its cooking for the soul ;)

    • Enter to win the “Southern Plate” cookbook by Christy Jordan of North Alabama. :)

    • Kppayne

      My grandmother, Maw Maw, was a wonderful cook. I have tried to make a coconut cake as good as hers, I'm still trying. We used to drain and crack open fresh coconuts and grate the coconuts, it was hard but fun! When I cook, I think of her.

    • Hmcooke1282

      My husband, a sous chef, is currently teaching me how to cook. I love him for it.

    • atmwm

      I have really taught myself the most about cooking. Since I started staying home with my family, I have taught myself to cook. It makes me so happy to give my family and good home cooked meal each night. It was something that I wanted to make a priority when I became a stay at home mom.

    • Nolachan6

      My mother is definitely the one who taught me the most about cooking. We were missionaries in Japan so she had to be very creative and inventive in her cooking. I learned so much about making things from scratch and substituting this for that. She was also the one who gave me my first cookbook when I was 8. I'll never forget the praise she gave me for the first meal I prepared. We enjoyed our time together in the kitchen making such things as strawberry jam, applesauce, pineapple upside down cake, meatloaf chicken and dumplings – I could go on and on. What wonderful memories! She has been with the Lord now for 12+ years and how I cherish those moments we shared together. I used that old first cookbook the other day and above one of the recipes I prepared years ago read, “Delicious” – made me smile. Thank you, Momma!

    • LaurenHeidler

      My dad! :)

    • mustang_ally0227

      My mom taught me the most about cooking. Everything from A to Z. :-)

    • Lauren Carter

      I learned to cook from so many people! My mom knows how to throw a great dinner together in 30 minutes flat!

    • Melanie

      My mom taught me everything I know about cooking! She is definitely a great southern cook. I hope to pass what she taught me to my daughter!

      p.s. I REALLY want this cookbook! :-)

    • Grisy

      My Mom and the wonderful internet!, it has taken me time, but I am proud to say “I am getting there” Now mostly every meal is a good meal.

    • Almsw119

      My mother! She is a diabetic since childhood,a nd takes very good care of herself. So, I have healthy cooking/eating habits from this. I love to cook simply.

    • DDorrough

      I am not half the cook my Mother was…. but anything I learned, I learned from my sweet Mom :)

    • Wyattabbymom

      Oh I love her have been following her blog for a long time now and am so excited about her book. I asked for it for my bday. I am gonna try to go see her this weekend when she comes her to nashville.

      But just to clarify I would love to win one cause I am planning on getting one for my MIL and SIL

    • Sdg032708

      I learned the most about cooking from the internet.

    • Kendra Brown

      Well, my crazy Puerto Rican mother, of course! =)

    • Scooterandjack

      I love to cook and like trying different recipes! My grandmother taught me how t cook in the beginnin. She would tellme stories about when she was learning to cook or what happened to her when she started cooking by herself. A story with a recipe would be FUN!!

    • Sandy

      My mom and my mother-in-law were both incredible cooks. I learned so much from both of them and loved having them close so that i could stop by or call when I had a cooking question. It is special to me now that I'm the one that my daughter and daughter-in-laws call with their cooking questions. Thanks to my mom and mother-in-law, who are no longer with us, I have answers for most of their questions.

    • alissa

      my marme. =)

    • Amber

      My mom!

    • Bbec

      That would have to be my MOM!

    • Alysia

      My MOM! She has since passed away, but she has a twin that cooks almost as equally well, so when ever I am cooking and have forgot something that was in a certain recipe, I can call her. My MOTHER was the best cook. I have a friend that I have not talked to in years who I recently found on facebook, and the first thing she said was” I remember your mom's chicken and dumplins” ,,,, My mom would roll them out as thin as she could! They were the best!

    • Cattyjenny

      I love cookbooks– especially ones that show pictures of each recipe!! I'd love to win this! Thanks! :o)

      • Cattyjenny

        oops– forgot to add– My stepmom taught me to be brave with ingredients. She would give me a recipe and when I got home from school, I was expected to make it for dinner. One recipe had grapes and pork chops!! Eww, I thought. But I made it and it turned out to be so yummy!!

    • Adpharr

      I would say myself and my husband. I knew nothing about cooking when I got married and so I studied a lot of books, and did a lot of trial and error cooking. He knows all about what spices and sauces to put this everything, so he taught me those essentials. Now I can cook about 6-8 meals really well, but I need some new ones, so I would really LOVE to have this cookbook!

    • Mlbwatz3

      My mom and my two grandmothers.

    • Dandelion

      My mother!

    • Maria

      My father n law, he was a wonderful man.

    • AliZ

      Just learned about Southern Plate via Southern Living and was thinking how much I would love to own a copy of her cookbook. I'm a southern transplant and would love to learn more abt southern cooking!

    • Rebekah

      My mom!

    • Lisa Prieto

      Every Christmas Eve my mom would wake me up about 8am to start cooking Christmas Eve dinner with my Mima (my paternal grandmother). We are Italian and so Christmas Eve dinner of 7 seven fishes is an important tradition that I carry on today with my own family. She would start preparing for the meal weeks in advance – soaking the salted cod and getting all the ingredients together and ready. We also made meatballs with raisins and a full pasta course. Mima would walk me through each step – first showing me how and then telling me why she did it and how her mother used to do it. Mima passed away about 6 years ago but I still make the best meatballs in the family and I'm the only one who knows how to make the bacala salad, fried smelts, and ricotta cake. I had her write all of her recipes down for me so I can teach my daughter and pass along our family traditions.

    • Virginia

      Definitely my mom, she is everything. Thanks for the site btw, I am relatively new to your site and couponing, it is so very helpful!!

    • Georgia Girl

      My Awesome Mom, of course!

    • Caren

      I thankfully learned at my mother’s knee. She had the opposite philosophy of cooking than that of her mother and encouraged me at an early age to be in the kitchen with her. At night she taught me our family dinner staples like spaghetti and meatballs or baked chicken in onion gravy. On Saturday mornings I would read her the directions for made from scratch chocolate chip cookies out of the splattered and well read pages of her Better Homes and Gardens Complete Step By Step Cookbook. My grandmother on the other hand quickly shooed her five girls out of the kitchen and thus we lost many of the secrets of her glorious concoctions, like the best bread pudding I have ever eaten. Despite lacking early training from her mother, my mom is a great cook and an even better baker. She has the absolute best cheesecake recipe ever, a claim confirmed not only by continuous family (demands) requests for this amazing cheesecake but also by the fact she used to sell her cheesecakes to a local restaurant who served them as the only dessert on the menu. Luckily, she trained me not only in the precision of baking and the flexibility of savory cooking at an early age she taught me the importance of sharing in the process. To that end, I have already encouraged my five-year-old son to help out in the kitchen. Like my mother did with me, I hope to instill in him knowledge of measurements, fractions and following directions but mostly I hope he learns about his family through the stories of the recipes and the flavors we cook together.

    • Kathyantrilli

      Thanks Jenny! My mom taught me how to NOT follow recipes! A little of this, a pinch of that… I make a lot of my own recipes up, but never remember to write them down!! Cookbooks are a great tool for me!

    • A_mcguffey

      My mother taught me the most about cooking. I was the oldest of five kids. So i had to learn to cook. I was 16 when my youngest sister was born…..So, I always had to help cook meals. My mom taught me to cook so I could cook for my little brothers and sisters while her and my dad were gone……I would love towin a copy!

    • clarmst

      That would be my sweet mother, of course! We live too far apart to cook together these days, but I'm thinking Christy's cookbook would make a great Christmas gift for her!

    • wendi

      My grandmother taught me to cook!!! She lived with us when I was growing up! ;0)

    • my mother taugth me how to cook :)

    • Hmarino

      I actually ordered TWO copies yesterday, one for ME (for Christmas) and the other for my married daughter who adores and collects cookbooks! Well tonight we were together with her twin sister who seemed VERY interested in our discussion of new recipes, coupons, all things “Southern Savers” and I felt bad for not having bought one for her too! So if you pick me, I'll be giving her a copy for Christmas too! As far as I'm concerned, I learned most of my skills from my Maw Maw and my Nan Nan. Both were wonderful cooks who lived all of their lives in New Orleans. So I'm a good cajun cook that now lives in Georgia and loves to share my heritage with all my new friends here!

    • Honeysmith

      Karen Landis taught me a lot about cooking! Thanks!

    • Doobee429

      I lived with my grandmother several years and SHE TAUGHT ME MORE ABOUT COOKING and As I got older and GOT A HUSBAND, I started using my MAMA PEARLY COOKING ON HIM….WELL I HAVE KEPT HIM FOR 30 YEARS AND HE HAS NEVER COMPLAINED!!!! I fix that GOOD OLE COUNTRY FOOD!!! I fix “LIVER NIPS” that is a true SOUTHERN DISH, I make great Mac n Cheese and use homemade butter and cheese!!! MY KIDS LIKE IT TOO!!!!!!! I OWE MAMA A LOT AND I KNOW SHE SMILES DOWN ON MY FROM HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Heather_three2487

      I love trying new recipes, as a child I remember going to my grandma's house every Sunday and cooking up a big Sunday dinner for the family.

    • Tha503

      My mom is an excellent cook! I learned the most about cooking from her.

    • Momx4_58

      I pretty much taught myself to cook i got married when i was 16 my husband was 17 i got pregnant 2 months later, we moved away from our family right away he was in the Air Force so all we had was each other no family near by so it was all up to me we had a lot of frozen salisbury steak and mashed potatoes for a long time but over the years i have gotten a lot better or so i am told we will celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary this year.

    • WebbStace

      My mom taught me the most about cooking. However, after I moved on my own, a dear friend who I looked to much as a surogate mother taught me about food beyond the basics and the amazing variety that really is out there.

    • Ashley C.

      What a wonderful giveaway! My mama taught me how to cook and it is from her that I've developed a huge passion to cook and make things from scratch. I just read Southern Living for the first time and saw the article on Christy Jordan and some of her A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. recipes! I've already made her banana pudding! What fun that you got to have dinner with her! :)

    • griffins00

      my mom is a great cook…she tried to teach me, but I don't come close to what she can do!!

    • Heather Anderson

      My grandmother was a great southern cook and I treasure everything I learned from her !!!! I miss her very much :(

    • Danielle R

      I learned the most from my Gammy, an true inspiration.

    • Valmartin

      I learned how to cook the most from working at a camp. I don't know why it wasn't a mom thing to teach me….so working at the camp was a great outlet, encouraging me to read and practice a lot on my own. Friends have also caused great inspiration!

    • Deebrown24

      my mom! (momx4_58) i was the kid born 11mos after she got married. i vaguely remember eating those frozen salisbury steak and a lot of salmon patties. i still like to eat those because of the memories they bring back. my mom is THE BEST cook i know-she's not afraid to try new things in the kitchen and i'm thankful she and dad have stuck it out all these years!!! Praise God C:

    • Ruth

      I learned most about cooking from my mother in law. She shared many family recipes and traditions that I have adopted and continue to pass down to my kids. She passed away a few years ago but her handwritten Thanksgiving recipes are a treasure for our family. She always said that her own mother in law would not share family recipes and they died with her. Thankfully she was so open and giving with her recipes! They are family treasures.

    • Angie A

      My great aunt Tootsie was the southern cook. Her specialties were chicken and dumplings…from scratch, right down to killing the chicken, and biscuits and gravy.

    • Mslonas

      I hate to almost say this, but I learned more about down home southern cooking from my Mother in law, instead of my own!! Sorry mom!! my MIL has always taught me how to “use what'cha got” and make an amazing meal out of it, she always had a soft spot for scrumptious desserts like Coconut cream pie, strawberry shortcake and banana pudding and at 74 yrs old, is STILL cooking up some delicious food! YUMMM!!

    • Sheila

      My Granmother! I actually remember as a child the two of us making “soda crackers” (saltines) from scratch just for fun.

    • Allison

      I LOVE cooking with my sweet Aunt Marie!! She is an inspiration as a woman, mother, and wife. Cooking for all of us (we have a huge family) is her passion. You can literally taste the love in every dish she makes! Simple southern comfort food is her specialty! I love cooking because of her and appreciate the time and love she put into sharing her talent with me. I can't wait to pass on the passion and joy that cooking for your family gives a mama's heart.

    • Couponcrazy85

      I LOVE cookbooks! :) And I love to cook! :) I learned alot of what I know from my mom! She was known as A VERY AWESOME cook!! :)

    • Twlaughlin

      I've learn most of what I know through trial an error. I'm always looking for new recipes to try. I would love to win this book.

    • Loribeth

      My mother has taught me the most about cooking..she still does! I love being able to pick up the phone and call with a crazy cooking emergency and she can fix it with just that one phone call!

    • Wilsonmj6126

      I learned from my dad to never be afraid to experiment..some horrendous creations were made, but we also discovered some unique combinations that became family favorites. He died when I was 16, but the memories of him singing as we were “playing with our food” and making up new dishes is one that always makes me smile.

    • Whitney

      My mom has taught me the most!

    • Julie

      My mom…I would stand beside her and write everything she did down, so my food could come out looking and tasting just as good as hers! I still call her up asking her how to cook/make different foods! Of course, we also talk about how much we saved at Publix using Southern Savers!

    • Susan

      my grandmothers were awesome southern cooks

    • Britras

      I have always loved to cook! Even when I was a little girl, my mom enrolled me in cooking school at McRae's department store. My Italian grandmother was my biggest influence in the kitchen.

    • Manintveld_nl

      My Mama taught me her secrets strictly out of necessity .. she was tired of cooking separate meals for me and my stepfather .. along the way, I just learned through trial and error ..

    • Michele Lightsey

      I went to School for Culinary arts and got my associates but I always say everything I ever truly needed to know about cooking great food was from my mom I was there helping from the time I could sit on the counter to help her. I miss working in the kitchen with her it is one of our best bonding time.

    • casie

      My mom taught me the most about cooking! The dos and don'ts :)

    • Thewallgroup

      My dad!

    • Vanessa

      My mom took the time as I was growing up to share what she knew about cooking. I didn't always appreciate it at the time, but now that I cook for our family of 6 I am grateful! Also as I teach my own children to cook and bake, more and more of her “lessons” are coming back to me. So much of what I do in the kitchen is actually my mom's way of doing things!!! I love to cook and would love to win this cookbook to treat my family to new and wonderful foods.

    • Sharon Cox

      When I was young I loved my grandmother's biscuits and creamed corn. I would always watch when she cooked those so I could cook them just like her when I grew up. I remember sitting on the back porch step eating her cold biscuits. She lived to be 96 years old She was the most wonderful cook in the world and my Daddy, her son, was 2nd best. Oh the memories! All my siblings love to cook, male and female.

    • Alycialovely

      Amazingly my Fiance is the on that taught me the most. He was from a very poor family, who struggled every week to put food on the table. He taught me how to cook with soul. His cooking isnt the healthiest though.

    • Nursecoli

      My mom. I remember when I was little she used to always let me brown the ground beef. I used to love that smell in the house. We still laugh because she would spank us with her favorite wooden spoons

    • Lisa

      My mom, I still call her all of the time to ask her how to make things or when I have questions. She cracks me up because she learned from watching her mother, so she does not measure anything at all.

    • Imogenenoe

      My mom! Taught me that 1 meat and 2 veggies make a pretty plate and even a healthier me:)

    • Rachael Ray. Not kidding. She has a way of explaining methods so I understand them – she doesn't measure ingredients and just has a very sensible way of doing things.

      Of course, I also learned a lot from my mom, but she doesn't talk through her cooking like RR does. :)

    • Onefrugalgirl

      My dad.

    • Debnsc1971

      My Granny taught me a lot about cooking. She passed away about a year ago…oh, how I miss her and her cooking!

    • khargis

      My grandmother was an amazing cook. She taught me how to make divinity and roast beef with Yorkshire pudding. I have many amazing memories of cooking on her old gas stove while my grandfather sat at the big kitchen table. She raised 6 kids and cooked 3 large meals each day. I lost her on December 31, 2008 but her kitchen lessons stay with me even now. I kept her dishes since so many memories were made in her kitchen.

    • Voylescrew

      My mother and grandmother were great at teaching to cook.

    • Teach_ashlee

      I learned it all from my mom! She used to make everything from scratch.

    • Frugal-B

      My mother-in-law taught me the most about cooking. When I was a new wife and mother, she came to my house and helped me organize my new kitchen and later helped me with the baby. Through example ( because she would never come right out and tell me that I had no idea what I was doing) she taught me how to cook frugal, flavorful, healthy meals for my family. She is fabulous at using every last bit of food and using the sales to make budget friendly meals. Now that I have Southern Savers besides my wonderful mother-in-law, I can cook up healthy yummy meals on a budget too.

    • Sheri

      It would definitely be my mom – she made me learn how to cook before she would let me leave for college many years ago.

    • Bonnie

      My Grandmother started teaching me how to cook from scratch when I was 10!!!

    • Lgmcleod

      My grandmother was well-known for her awesome coconut cakes. I can make a pound cake that tastes just like hers, but I'm still working toward perfection on the coconut cakes!

    • Kaybender

      My mom was my example….first as a youngster seeing her cook from scratch, then when she went back to work and left me instructions on what to cook that night…I sure learned to cook that way! Thanks Mom!

    • Sarah R

      My mom was a great teacher for cooking! :)

    • Jed0917

      I learned the most about cooking from my mother. Picked up a little from my grandmother too!

    • Lynn

      my mother taught me so much about cooking. I did not take her advice/lessons seriously until after she was not here to cook for me anymore. But it was amazing at what I remembered once I had to do it myself. I love cooking just like my mother did.

    • my mom taught me so much about cooking but my husband and I have learned so much together.

    • Tonya

      I had a single mom growing up and spent alot of time with a grandma type neighbor. Ms.Betty showed me how to make bread from scratch, I used to love punching it down. I can't wait to teach my son and he's only 13 months old!

    • Speech Teach

      My grandmother was my example. I can remember going to her house daily to get biscuits that she had made that morning. Sunday dinners were the best! After I married my father in law was the person who had the most influence on me. He would cook Sunday supper and all his children and their wives would come to eat. Thanks for the good memories

    • Tracey

      My grandmother taught me a lot about cooking. The entire family would eat Sunday lunch with her until her health prevented her from cooking for all of us.

    • Rnknading

      My mom worked when most Mom's did not so my sister and I started supper. I enjoyed it, my sister did not. I made my first pie with the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook while Mom was at work, but she gave me the motivation to know Icould do it. She still cooks 3 meals a day at 85, all from scratch.

    • Angie

      My granny taught me. She is Japanese (making me 1/4) and she met my (American) grandfather during the war. She learned to cook partly from her Japanese family and partly from my grandfather, who was a mess cook in the army. So she always made giant pots of Japanese dishes!

    • Amy C.

      My mom – she's the best cook there is!

    • Debbie Taylor

      My mother inlaw taught me how to make Southern sweet tea,real biscuits & the best ever easy chicken & dumplings. My mom cooked good & was from the North Carolina. But she grew up in a orphange and had no one to teach her real southern cooking. But the MOTHER in Law grew up farming and hard to make ends meet. She made a biscuit so that you thought you were eating a royal meal with white gravy. She just passed away in June 2010. I have the best memories of calling her & asking her how to make a simple dish that was wonderfull. Not only was the food good but also was the laughter that came from my attempts as I tried to make these dishes for my husband and daughter. This thought has given me much pleasure & really hadn't been triggereduntil I read your question for enrty. Thank You this was really nice to express & feel the gratitude of her simple wonderful receipes.

    • Sandi

      My Grandpa has been the best inspiration for me. Yummy! Thanks!

    • Starry0416

      My Mom was the one who taught me the most about cooking. She is the one I always call when I need help in the kitchen… or when I was cooking Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time for my boyfriend's family and my family and didn't realize the turkey had two holes (one which had the hidden giblets) and so I started to cook the turkey with the giblets in for about an hour (which I found out could poison the turkey if its a certain type of bag) to make a long story short Just when I thought dinner was ruined and I was in tears my mom came through. We got the hot turkey out of the oven, out of the bag, removed the giblets, and dinner was saved.

    • Ferreirafour

      My Mom is my inspiration to cook better! It has always been amazing to me how she could make magic with ingredients; from just the few that we had-while raising four kids and dad in school, to now, grocery store choices. Mom is a “make it from scratch” girl. Whether it was pickles, jam, bread, yogurt, or canned fruit, little did we know we were so spoiled!
      Today, as I raise my boys, I so appreciate her creativity and inspiration to make good choices and to bless my children's lives with healthy meals.

    • Heather

      I love Christy, I've been following her blog and I'm so glad you're doing this giveaway bc I want her cookbook! I learned how to cook from my mom and grandma, but once I got married, I've learned SOOO much from the internet, my go-to source for recipes and ideas ;)

    • Eerporter

      My grandmother taught me to love cooking!

    • the3edges

      My mother is a wonderful cook, and she taught me about cooking. She worked a full time job, raised four children AND put a wonderful meal on the table every night! I just saw this book in Sam's Club tonight and was tempted to purchase it! The recipes look so good!

    • Amanda

      My grandmother taught me a lot about cooking…wish I would have taken more notes!

    • Beckyhill216

      My mom taught me everything I know about cooking, and I used to love being with her in the kitchen! She was so patient with me at a very young age, taking time to let me “help”, despite all of the mess. It is because of her that I developed such a love for cooking, and I have many fond memories of our time together!

    • Hendersonzoo

      My grandmother taught me the most…she was a great cook and awesome baker

    • Martha Nelson

      My Mother taught me to cook. She was an excellent cook of southern comfort food. Last year for Christmas, I gathered some of my Mother's recipes as well as other family members' recipes and made a cookbook for my daughters.

    • Permanent Posies

      Well, I guess I learned to love to cook from my mom. She was an awesome cook. But, I have been cooking for my family for 33 years so, what I didn't learn from her, I have taught myself. Would love that cookbook.

    • Ingrid

      My mom … she's the best!

    • Yelik01

      Both my mother and grandmother taught me how to cook. My mom was always tries new thing which always turn out to be everyone's favorite dish. My grandmother has always made the best food that i would crave or when i was younger my friend would say can you grandma make this or that? I am always calling one of them to see how to make a certain some thing i love it.

    • MKclipper

      My mother and grandmother taught me the joys of cooking. My grandmother passed away in my teenage years and my mother gathered all her hand written recipes and greatly used cookbooks in a box. She marked the box with a sign that said “Do not throw away.” Someone at the estate sale did! So, we lost recipe. Mom and I are still trying to recreate some of her best dishes.

    • Jessica

      My grandmother taught me the most about cooking!

    • Srtasa

      my mom. she was a great cook. she was even known as the best cook in my father's side of the family. she didn't measure anything. she was number 12 of 12 kids. she grew up on a cotton farm in alabama. they were very poor. but she sure did learn how to cook ole southern cooking. i grew up cooking and cooked many complete meals before i got out of elementary school.

    • Chris

      My grandmother was a great comfort food cook! The whole extended family adored both her and her cooking! We spent hours and hours and hours together; I wanted to know how she did everything she did, and she was such a patient teacher. She was my absolute favorite person in the world……

    • Rosethaddock

      my dad…he was an awesome cook!

    • Dianna

      My grandmother. She was an amazing Southern cook. She had the best fried chicken and taught me how to cook it and everyone loves it. So thankful for her and I especially miss her cooking around the holidays.

    • Burresslaurie

      I love to cook! It gives me freedom and creativity. My heart goes into the cooking and it is filled back up when I see others enjoying what was created. My grandmother is the most amazing cook I know. I remember watching her as a child and even helping her cut out the biscuits. I am blessed to still have the opportunity to call her and ask for recipes.

    • sara

      i learned how to cook from food network!! Dont tell my mom but she's a really bad cook!lol

    • Michelle

      Definitely my mom.

    • angelyn_1986

      Oooh, I would just love this cookbook! My mom taught me a ton about cooking. She taught me the basics from a young age, so by the time I was in middle school I was making up my own recipes and cooking for my whole family. Now that I think about it, she didn't just do it for me – she got a lot of meals out of me before I left for college!

    • Jjjk

      definitely my dad!… Sorry mom

    • keri

      My mom worked most of the time I was growing up. When I think about all the things she taught me, I always wonder where in the world she found the time! She definitely taught me more about cooking than anyone else!

    • Cheryl W.

      I want to get my hands on this cookbook so badly.

      Believe it or not, it was my grandpa. He taught me the art of southern cooking. I remember going out to milk the Jersey cow, come inside to strain it and then making buttermilk (by adding vinegar) to make fresh buttermilk biscuit in the morning. I learned a lot from him and the rest I learn from tv network chefs.

    • Art Ellis

      My Grandma raised me and taught me to cook

    • Melman31

      There have been so many people who have influenced my cooking. My father was the one who knew how to grill anything. He could make anything taste good if it was grilled. His grandmother is a phenomenal cook who ran a restaurant. She can throw a meal together so fast! My sisters are short-order type cooks. I look to them for the fast and easy meals that I need after a long day of work and tons of homework to help the kids with. My ex-husband was a creative cook who expertimented with all kinds of seasonings to create a more flavorful meal. I have taken bits and pieces that I have learned from each person to make my own cooking “style”. THere is always one person that I call on when I have cooking questions or what store has the best deal on the meal I want to cook. That is my mom. My mom could cook a full, hot meal and feed our entire family and guests daily. I never realized how creative she was and how she studied sales papers to make it all happen until I became an adult. I used to think we were so rich because we never had to tell anyone we didn't have enough food. The reality of it was that we weren't rich with money, but we were in many more ways. :)

    • Devin

      Martha Stewart – honestly.

    • Janatberry

      I love SouthernPlate and Christy!! Her site it great and the foods she shows you how to make are so easy to cook yourself! My Momma was who taught me how to cook..she was the best cook ever! She made everything from scratch.I can cook some of the things she use to make ,but not the cakes and pies..still learning. She passed away 3 years ago and I miss her cooking so much!! Would love to meet Christy and I would love to have this cookbook!! Thanks so much!!

    • Renee

      I learned a lot early on from my mom and my mom-in-law. Now I continue to learn, only mostly from my stepdad and my husband. They are both amazing cooks who just know something will work…and it does. I love Southern Plate (and her website is how I found yours a year ago!) Thanks!

    • Candyk-

      My mom AND Betty Crocker : ) My mom was a natural born chef. She created some incredible dishes,and often was asked to cater parties at church or for her friends… She never used recipes or measured anything, just cooked by taste adding a little of this and some more of that!…..but I did not inherit her abilities! Growing up the youngest girl in a string of 5 kids, I was too busy being a tom boy outside to learn to COOK!…Mom died at the young age of 62, I lost not only my best friend but her wisdom too. So…..there I was 29 and a young wife…and could not cook a lick! My poor husband was so patient, I thought using Hamburger Helper was cooking! ha My older sister gave me Betty's Basic Cookbook for a wedding present…and the rest….is history : ) I LOVE Christy's site and have made MANY of her dishes…I would LOVE a book!!!!

    • Dizzy7

      My father who cooked up until his 90th birthday. He was a little bit of this and a little bit of that cook. He was a country man and cooked good old fashioned country food. Everything was amazing that he cooked. Never did it cross his mind about if something had too much saturated fat or too many carbohydrates. He just made everything with love and always wanted you to share what he made.

    • Blouzahdeb

      Even though our 'styles” are very different, I learned the love of cooking and the basics from my mom. Mostly, though, I love to bake! She has much more of an ease with actual meals, though what I make I make well. Anyway, would love to win — I love cookbooks and am slowly learning about Southern cooking, this would definately help! :)

    • Lesliestocks

      My granny taught me how to cook. We still share recipes, and look for new ones together all the time

    • Calnrae

      My mother-in-law taught me the most about cooking. Not only how but to cook what your family loves. She knows every little way that her family likes dishes prepared, and she enjoys making sure they will love their meal.

    • PoorGradStudent

      Definitely my mom. Even during my temperamental teenage years when we didn't always get along, cooking was the one thing that united us. Every meal, she'd teach me a little bit more. Throughout college, whenever I would make it home for an occasional weekend, we'd be sure to experiment with a new recipe. Now I'm in grad school and live too far away to jet home for a weekend, so we sadly don't get to cook together anymore. (We have fun reporting back to each other each week after our couponing trips though!) I would love to win this cookbook and give it to her, because I know how much she also loves to cook out of cookbooks with color pictures and easy to follow directions! Thanks for all you do, Jenny!

    • Crruthven

      When I was a little girl, my mom told me the story of “stone soup”. Later that day, we made her version of stone soup, I remember that day very fondly. Now, whenever there is a chill of fall in the air I make “granny's stone soup” for my family and we talk about happy memories of “Granny Ruby”. And Jenny–I bet you can guess what I cooked today…seriously, and that was before I read this post!!
      With love and blessings, Chris Ruthven
      P.S. I would love to have the cookbook to share the cooking experience with my daughter.

    • Susan

      My dad was pretty much a meat and potatoes with no spices kind of guy, so growing up my mom was limited on what she could cook. Once I got married, I taught myself how to cook through cookbooks. I love getting a new one and trying out the recipes!

    • KimO

      My dad. He never followed a recipe and wanted me to sit a watch.

      My best reliability was my grandmothers cookbook. I love that she handwrote notes on certain recipes!

    • Darla

      I am ashamed to say and admit it but it is my husband. I married an Italian man and I came from a southern family and the two are practicley at oposite ends of the cooking spectrum. I can cook anything italian by just eyeing the quanties now but I would love to get back to my roots and be able to cook just as well in the Southern way. BTW…thanks for all you do. I am constantly telling anyone who will listen about your site. God BLess

    • Jennifer G.

      My granny taught me a lot about cooking. When I got married, I would call her on the phone and ask her how to cook this, or how much do I put in of that. She died 7 years ago. Sometimes I have to catch myself from picking up the phone to call her to ask a question. There were still a lot of recipes I wanted to learn how to cook from her but did not get the chance.

    • Rosehi53

      I taught myself how to cook. I don't remember my mother or grandmother working with me in the kitchen. As a preteen, my mother worked and so my sister and I were expected to have dinner ready. That , I think may have started my interest & love in baking/cooking. Now that I am grown, my sister and I get together, we like to try new dessert recipes.

      I love Southern Plate which I actually found through Southern Savers (my favorite coupon website!!!). I wish I would have had that available when I was beginning to cook.

    • Debbie L

      My late mother “showed” me how to cook. Mom was a wonderful cook, and I miss not being able to ask her questions now. My favorite recipes are actually ones that were handed down from my grandmother to my mother, and then to me. I'm so thankful to have many of these recipes in Mom's own handwriting. It's a treasure that I hope to pass on to my daughter one day.

    • Eva

      Definitely, my mother, she is the best cook ever!! She is always there to give the recipe and to walk me through step by step when I am craving some homemade food that she made when I was still home. Now I have my own family to cook for, I love cooking for my husband and like to share my culture(Asian) dish with my husband(American). I would love to win the cookbook to improve and to increase my knowledge and my skills about American dishes! Thanks, also many thanks to your hard work in keeping with all the deals. It has helps me tremendously with grocery shopping~~

    • Diane

      My mom taught me how to cook. I still call her to ask how to cook things. She is the best!

    • Camlyphu

      My mother, who is an amazing cook. The more ironic thing about this giveaway & my mother is that she never used any recipes to cook.

    • Stephanie

      For me that person would definitely be my mom. She never had to formally teach me anything, I just picked up all her tips and tricks as I use to watch her growing up. Honestly, she is still teaching me and I'll never be as good a cook as she is.

    • Meamea404

      My Grandma which I called Mom, most of the time, taught me how to cook even. I cant remember the first time, She let me in the kitchen to “help” from the time I could walk I think. She wasnt pushy and always had time for me. She made it fun and I will always thank her that. We would make pasteries sometimes and She would ask me what I wanted to fill them with, sometimes we would make homemade pasta and end up getting flour everywhere. She never got mad at me in the kitchen, we just made a lot of memories, and wonderful food. I learned alot from her and try to teach my children and granchildren along with their friends with the same love and caring as she did for me. although she is still around, I havent gotten to see her for a long time, considering that we are across the country from each other, but she still teaches the other children (great grands and great great grands) around her what she can

    • idreamofj

      My mother taught me the most – she had a very simplistic and earthy style of cooking. I miss being able to go into her kitchen to see what kind of goodies she had there.

    • laura

      My grandfather taught me how to cook. He learned, growing up as a child, in a restaurant in the DC area, known as “Childs”. My fondest memories are of being with him in the kitchen and learning recipes for fried chicken, dumplings, potato salad and lots of other southern flavored recipes. I have begun to pass these lessons onto my children and hope that they too, will continue to pass what my grandfather taught me, onto their children.

    • sheila

      My mom cooked nearly every meal I ate as a child. The only meal we ever ate out was the rare occasion my father went out of town on business. She was a real southern cook. I never cooked a meal on my own before moving out on my own so all I knew was from watching her all my life. I learned everything I know from her by just simply watching her. I would love to win this cookbook for her to give her as a special gift. She looks at the Southern Plate website nearly everyday to read Christy's cute stories to go along with her awesome recipes. I sure would be something nice to share with her!

    • MeMe

      I've always had a desire to bake and cook great food/meals since I was a little girl, but my mom didn't really cook a varied selections of foods, so I've learned from several different people who I've had the opportunity to learn in the their kitchens. I learned how to cook a lot of vegetable, healthy, and organic meals when I babysitted for a vegetarian family for three years. And my grandmother taught me how to cook from scratch using just your eyes and taste buds, no measuring at all.

      I also joined a cooking club when I went off to college, and I would invite different people each week from church to test my cooking. I've come a long way from those days…….

    • Rebecca Absher

      My granny would have to be the one I learned most of my cooking skills from. She is very old school, no measurements or cookbooks. Everything always is just perfection.

    • Beth

      I learned to cook from my mother. She is a great southern lady and growing up on a farm I learned to cook fresh foods and can vegetables. She however never cooks from a recipe, it is always a pinch of this and a shake of that. She is a true talent.

    • Amy

      My mother taught me the most about cooking. She passed away 3 weeks ago from ovarian cancer, and I feel that making the sweets and holiday dishes she used to make helps carry her on with me. Now I am trying to instill that love of the kitchen and cooking into my 16 year old sister, who is now the “woman of the house” since I am married and moved away. I would love to give this cookbook to her as a gift!

    • Carol

      My son went through a culinary program and cooks at a local hospital. He has taught me the most about technique and our happiest times are cooking a new recipe.

    • ddflamingo

      My Grandma. She was the best!!

    • Pkevinkim

      My mom taught me how to cook. She has always cooked without using any recipes from cookbooks. They are all in her head. It would be nice if I could read her mind and type all the recipes to make a cookbook. I love my cookbooks and would like to have one more to add to my collection because I use my cookbooks and I will be handing them down to my daughter.

    • Laduegang

      My mother is the one who taught me how to cook. She encouraged each of us to start cooking before we were even in school. Later, it became a blessing because we were able to continue cooking for my dad and brothers when she was sick with cancer.

    • Lisabrawner59

      I would love to enter. My grandma taught me to cook when i was young. I grew up stringing beans even as early as 5 yrs old.I grew to love cooking and enjoy evfery moment I can to cook lisabrawner59@gmail.com

    • Charlotte

      My grandmother taught me…she made cakes for people and restaurants to make ends meet, and after my grandfather died she cooked at the elementary school in her town, back when they had “real cooks” who used the produce available in the area at the time. She was my hero. Of course, all her best recipes started with a stick or two of butter, so I inherited her figure, too!!

    • DebCham12

      My mom was my greatest inspiration…she let me 'help' her in the kitchen, make messes, and learn by my mistakes! She was a great southern country cook and I miss those wonderful meals around her table with all our family.

    • Kimmarkham

      My mom didn't 'teach' me to cook…she led by example. When I got married, I WANTED to follow in her footsteps. I'm so proud that I have. I work full time yet we almost always have a home-cooked dinner. I love nothing more than finding new, SIMPLE recipes I can make on a weeknight and possibly finding a new family favorite!

    • Lisa

      I learned to cook by watching my mom as a child. I never was really interested in cooking with her, but when I grew up I discovered that I had taken it all in and that I could cook too!

    • Cindy

      My mom taught me most about cooking and I still follow her steps til this day.

    • Kerik2

      I have learned the most about cooking from my mom and mother in law

    • Heidischk

      I would love to win! I love Southern Plate! Christy has taught me so much!!!

    • lilac

      Growing up in a rather haphazard household, cooking wasn't one of the main ingredients on the agenda. One sweet angel of a lady invited me to live in her home and shared her joy of life, which included serving memorable meals made from love. So my “adopted” grandma infuenced me the most about cooking.

    • Tanya

      My mom taught me a lot about cooking but I have learned a lot on my own too. I would love a cookbook that is very basic and down to earth.

    • Maria

      I love to cook but even more, I love that people enjoy what I cook. When I was younger I wouldn't even consider touching raw meat, yet alone try cooking it. lol. Now, cooking and baking are a passion of mine. I didn't really have anyone teach me how to cook, my thanks go out to all the people that put together wonderful recipies and cookbooks that are available to us.

    • Leahdpettit

      My Mom got me started, but I have taught myself a lot of what I know.

    • Darla

      My mama taught me how to cook almost everything. She's fantastic, kind and patient. It was great learning from her.

    • momof3

      The person who taught me the most about cooking is…my mom…Suprised???? :)

    • Teresa

      My Mom and my Grandmother taught me a lot about cooking.

    • Christy M

      My mom! She's the best cook ever!

    • Connieb03

      My mom taught me a lot but I also had a roommate that taught me a lot too!

    • Denise P.

      My mom taught me to cook. My grandmother taught me a few of her Irish recipes, but she lived in England and I grew up in the US so we didn't see each other that often.

    • Teresa McLester

      The book sounds great. I learned a lot about cooking from my mother-in-law. She was a great down to earth cook. It always amzed me how she could get all her Sunday noon meal done before going to church. She always had way too much food but her worse fear was not to have enough for everybody. It was great having the left overs to bring home afterwards. We will always miss her cooking and the value she put on family eating together.

    • Saundra

      My mother-in-law and myself. My mom worked growing up so there were not a lot of homemade meals. I ordered Christy's first cook-book and have learned a lot from it. Thanks for the give away!

    • Kristen

      My mother…she cooked a home made meal every night when i was growing up and always let me help her!!

    • Sharonnpo3

      My Grandmother. I have the bowl she made cornbread and sugar cookies in. She was the best.

    • Monkzardo

      I learned to cook from both my parents when I was a child. I loved baking with my mom and dad. I'm going to get Christy's cookbook whether I win it or not.

    • shemcreek

      As a little girl I used to sit on the kitchen table and watch my mom whip up the most most wonderful southern meals you have ever tasted! She would let me be the “taste tester”……..I would have to try and tell her what was in each dish.My favorite still to this day is her collards & mac n cheese & her biscuits & her………….I can't seem to stop! She passed when I was 10 with cancer (I am 43), so thank you for allowing me to give her a tribute to her special ways for whipping up some yummy love.

    • Alli

      My dad taught me how to cook.

    • Angie

      Easy – my mom:)

    • Pat

      Not my mother, but my husband

    • Sue

      Myself! Mostly self taught and eager to try new things has really paid off! I'd LOVE to win a copy as it's not in the budget to buy one for awhile, so please add me and I'll be sharing this great giveaway on my FB page too! Thanks! Sue

    • Mama taught me most of the basics. Then I began to watch and read and experiment. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Wcushelley

      My husband taught me that food can be prepared simply and with healthy choices and still be yummy :)

    • gochee6

      My husband! We like to cook together. Over the years I would watch and learn from him as we cooked together. We also love to watch Food Network and have learned many cooking techniques. Our kids like to cook as well. It is so much fun to cook with your children and to make those memories. We always sprinkle our finished dish with “love”.

    • Terironk

      We had a grandmother we called “Big Mother”. She lived all her life in a very small southern town in Florida. One summer my parents had to go overseas for three months so my 3 siblings and myself went to live in my grandparent's country home. It was an amazing summer where we would pick fresh veggies and then cook them. She also taught me canning and making homemade pickles. Her homemade biscuits, creamed corn and fig jelly were fantastic. I give her all the credit for what I know today!

    • Dsease

      My husband and Paula Deen!!!

    • Teresa

      Ive always had a passion for cooking and collecting cookbooks.

      I was mainly inspired and influenced to try new dishes by a friend that I met in my adult life. He taught me that not every meal had to be meat and potatoes. (even though I still love that meal the best)

      I would be elated and honored to add Christys cookbook to my shelf. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Kimberly2

      My husband has taught me the most about cooking.

    • Lisa

      My mom is a wonderful cook and even though I did not inherit her natural gift, she has taught me so much. I would love to win this book. But, if I don't, I am thinking of giving my mom a copy for Christmas. I think she would enjoy the stories that Christy tells with the recipes. I really enjoy the southern plate website. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Helen

      My mom inspired me and taught me everything I know about cooking. I had to learn what a “pinch” and a “tad” meant, but I learned. She always let me experiment with new recipes.

    • Abby

      My mom was an EXCELLENT cook. Healthy meals–but you'd never know it by the taste!

    • Mari

      The person who taught me the most about cooking is my mom. I'm always amazed at how she can always make a meal out of just a few staples that I have in the house.

    • Coupongirl29485

      My mother has taught me the most to cook.

    • Stephanie

      I stayed away from the kitchen as I child. So fifteen years ago when my then future mother-in-law asked me to bring potato salad to a 4th of July party, I panicked. I didn't even eat potato salad!! I called my mom who had always gotten rave reviews on the dish and of course she didn't have a recipe. She stayed on the phone with me and gave me step by step instructions as I made the potato salad! Since then, she and my mother-in-law have filled my recipe file with good homestyle dinners.

    • Mamamayberry

      I honestly think that Southern Plate has taught me the most about cooking. My grandmother was a great cook, but she could never put it in writing! You know, “about this much Crisco” and “roll your thumb into the dough.” HUH??? So I found Christy's website (from your link here) and I am learning how to cook like Grandma by way of complete and simple instructions (and pics)! I am so thankful for her and I WILL get a copy of the book, even if I don't win one :)

    • Snowski824

      I learned the most from my grandmother. I can always call her and ask questions when I don't know how to do something.

    • Vpkillebrew

      My mother and grandmother both taught me what I know about cooking – I will always remember those times with them.

    • lisac

      My Grandmother taught me alot about cooking. I used to spend every summer with her, and even lived with her for a while. It was wonderful when I was able to cook for her in her final days.

    • 1princess1prince

      My grandma would call me after school & tell me to walk down to her house and she'd have something cooked for me. My grandma & mom were and are great cooks who inspired me.

    • Dana

      Good cooks kind of run in my family. My Mom taught me the most as far as early experience, then I picked up things after I married from friends, family and people I go to church with.

    • Djaem

      Cooking was always a family time! I have four sisters as well as my mom so we enjoy the kitchen together. When we had a big meal coming up we would all pitch in and divide the kitchen responsibilities between all of us. :) I do desserts or breads with my oldest sister while various parts of the meal are tackled by the others. I enjoy the memories of doing to together (we are now grown up) and I loved the feeling when we sat down to a meal that each of us had put our time and love into the food, and that we had done it together.

    • couponprincess

      My grandma taught me a lot about cooking and after she passed away my mom kinda took over. I'm def not a good cook though! I need help lol :)

    • christie

      I would love this book!! I love all her recipes that I see online!!! And of course I learned about Southern Plate from where else???? Southern Savers!!! :) I learned the most from cooking from my Mom who learned from her Mom and Aunt Laria!!!!

    • gina

      My mother has, and still does, teach me about cooking the most!

    • Stampinblue

      My mom started me off on the right foot. I have been helping her cook since I was little. She would pull a stool up to the counter, give me a butter knife, and let me slice bananas for banana pudding!

    • Janice

      My boys and husband agree that my mother is the best cook anywhere, so when I need help to make something “just like Granny” does, I call my mom.

    • Cherylorr

      I would love to have this book, my mom was all about southern cooking. She was the one that did all the cooking for every Sunday dinner and all holidays. She passed away this January after losing her battle with lung cancer. And my promise was to carry her love for cooking to all my family.

    • lori

      My mother

    • Beth

      My grandmother used to cook the most amazing meals! Everything was prepared with lots of time and patience. She would start cooking the food early in the morning so that by meal time (usually around 2pm-3pm), the food would be just right. I am told that she was a self-taught cook and she took pride in whatever she served. All the family would rave about her cooking and suggested many times that she should open a restraurant. I'm sure she would have loved to do that but she also enjoyed taking care of her large and extended family. I still cherish my memories of great cooking and wish I could taste it again!

    • Burke2010

      I love to cook but only get the chance to really make something great a few days a week. Like most people, my mother really got me interested in cooking and I think it all started with peeling potatoes! :-)

    • Dawn_markel

      I enjoyed your review and look forward to checking out the recipes for myself. My Mom and Grandmothers taught me to cook and made the family meal enjoyable and a time of fellowship. To date my favorite cookbook is our “family” cookbook. We enjoy reminiscing when we have the “family” dishes but they never taste as good as when they were made by loved ones no longer with us. Thank you for all your efforts that save us money. God Bless!

    • Rebecca Hall

      Love Christy! I have to say that I have really learned to cook since being married to a man who was very much a southern boy raised on southern cooking. I have loved following Christy over the past couple of years. In fact, I found you through her!! My mother in law has taught me much of what I know, since I had to learn to cook like her since that is how my husband was used to eating! I would love to win a copy of her cookbook! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Mary

      My Mom and Dad have taught me lots about cooking. Dad is the grill master and Mom handles the rest!

    • Rkemerling

      My mom was a chef and taught me most of what I know. But most chef's families are the ones who have no food in the house. We got the leftovers.

    • Courtney

      My Mom! She is a wonderful cook and continues to teach me new things in the kitchen all the time!

    • Bryn

      My parents grew up in North Dakota, so I learned to cook northern style foods. So even though I have lived in the south more than 1/2 my life, I really don't know any good “southern cookin” recipes and would love to try some because I like the food, just don't know how to cook it well. Thanks-

    • Swilson103

      My mom! She is a great cook.

    • Andrea

      I have learned the most from my Grandmother, she is a magician in the kitchen. She could feed a family of 14 a wholesome and healthy meal on an extremely tight budget! My Dad has always said they ate like kings growing up. Sticking to her Cajun roots she still grows her own veggies and can stretch a pound of ground beef like no one else. At 83 she still loves dancing around in her kitchen and sharing stories. She is truly an inspiration!

    • ivegotcutekids

      My mom!

    • Lindyd1011

      My Grandmother! She made it all the way to the National Beef Cookoff in the late 1970's!

    • Rita

      my mother said when she got married at 15 she didn't know how to boil water but I've always known her as this great cook who can tell you how to make anything. She ran a catering business with my grandmother.

    • Mwilkes

      My husband. When we first got married he loved to cook and encouraged me to try new things. We are both good cooks now!!!

    • Swalker8349

      Surprisingly my 11 year old daughter! She loves watching cooking shows and together we have fun trying to put a new spin on old favorites!

    • Jodicoupon29

      I learned from my mother in law! I had to cook like her to please my husband..so..why not? I love it….We get along great..

    • Amanda Talbert

      My mother and grandmother taught me the most about cooking!

    • Linda Stone

      My Mother…she passed away in 2003. I couldn't bring myself to do it that year, but the next year I took her recipes and made a cook/recipe book for all the ladies in our family. I used the handwritten recipes Mother had scribbled down on miscellaneous pieces of paper and included copies of them, as well as a typewritten version. I included stories of our childhood and how they related to the meals we shared. Everyone was touched and happy with the result. I have been following Christy's blog and her story in Southern Living this month as well.

    • Queennana0725

      My precious maternal grandmother taught me the most about cooking. She had few material things and collected flour and sugar all through the year so she could make us sweet gifts for Christmas. Her cookies and candies were delicious. She made divinity fudge that I've never been able to duplicate!

    • Kathy

      My first experience cooking was helping my mom make biscuits. She made biscuits almost every day when I was growing up and would get up early in the morning before she went to work to make biscuits for me and my brothers.

      I first heard about Christy and her blog when I got my Southern Living mag this month. Her book sounds like a good one. I'm especially amazed that the pictures are of real food in her own dishes.

    • Corrie

      My mom is a wonderful cook, and I learned so much from her! One of the most important things I learned was to have confidence in the kitchen. She made me feel like I'm smart enough to figure out any recipe, so I'm never afraid to try new (or complicated) dishes.

    • grace

      My mom taught me all that I know. Interesting that when we moved to the US, I had to learn different recipes and acquire new tastes. I still cook lots of African dishes, this book will be great to learn how to cook other dishes

    • Crystal

      My mom taught me the most about cooking. BTW, I looked at the cookbook yesterday at the book store and loved it! I would cook almost every recipe in there and that is not something I can say abaout many cookbooks. :D

    • Jlhorn330

      I work in the lunchroom of Madison CrossRoads Elemetary. I am always getting great tips about homecooking from the great ladies who work with me. However, I believe I learned the most from my grandmother. Even though she has passed, I still cherish her recipies. By the way I cooked Christies' recipie for chicken stew, which I got off line, FABULOUS!!:)

    • Renee

      My precious mother taught me how to cook. I'm very blessed to have learned many skills from her.

    • Beccalines

      Gretchen DeVries–I was 20 years old, had moved to a new city, and didn't have a clue how to cook anything. (We grew up on fastfood and sandwiches.) The few months before I got married, she took me into her home and showed me everything I didn't know. I touched raw hamburger meat for the first time! It was wild. My husband thanks her as much as I do!

    • Ronda

      My Granny. Country cooking just like Christy's. Love Christy's website!!

    • Ree415

      My Grandmother is who taught me how to cook, she passed away last year, so cooking and trying new recipes makes me feel as though she is standing right there in the kitchen with me.

    • 2Cor12_9

      I think my husband taught me most of what I know about cooking. He was a bachelor until age 30 so he learned how to cook for himself. Now that we have 3 kids, it is nice to know that he will pitch in at dinner time and help with ideas!

    • Janis

      I learned the most from cookbooks. Before I married, I cooked desserts more than anything else. After I married, I belonged to a cookbook club for a few years. My favorite is the old Betty Crocker, published 40 or so years ago.

    • Lprice

      The person who taught me the most about cooking was my mom. From an early age I liked to help her in the kitchen and especially loved baking.

    • Melissa S.

      I used to love sitting in the kitchen watching my grandma cook. She would always give me small jobs to do. I was also on hand for first tastings! I learned a lot from that about cooking.

    • Jennifer C.

      My husband's stepmother is an awesome cook! We lived with them last year for a few months when we moved to a new city and she taught me so much about cooking simple and elegant meals!

    • Kjohnston6

      my mom taught me so much- every thing we ate growin up was from scratch. I moved south 5yrs ago & married a southerner. I've had a lot to learn. I had never heard of okra, boiled peanuts, fried green tomatoes, chicken & dumplings, chicken fried steak, and the list goes on….

    • My momma taught me the most about cooking then I developed my own style over the years. Right now im making some of Christy's Crock Pot Apple Butter for gifts…yummy!!!

    • 5alexanders

      my mom taught me everything i know about cooking. she started working outside the home when i was in fifth grade. she would leave a note for me with detailed instructions on how to cook simple things. at the bottom of her note she would always write, “if you burn it, throw it out before i get home”. it taught me to pay close attention to instructions and the preparations and the cooking process itself. i love the fact that i am now a good cook because of her.

    • Valeriejcm

      Believe it or not, I learned the most about cooking from Paula Deen! My mom cooks, but just the basics. I'm addicted to the Food Network, but Paula is the best!

    • Reneegarmon

      You can't beat southern cooking!! My mom taught me everything about cooking. I cook MEALS 7 days a week and I always looking for new ideas-deciding what to cook is the worst part!

    • MelissaMK

      My great grandmother (Stella) taught me how to cook. It wasn't just ingredients and mixing, it was a special activity for the two of us. Every time I cook I try to mentally infuse all the love I felt as a child in her kitchen into my food and only hope it comes close to her delicious dishes!

    • Tricia

      My mom definitely taught me the most about cooking!

    • Jen

      My mom taught me to love cooking!

    • Kpb1674

      my mother in law has taught me the most about cooking. when i left for college i didn't even know how to cook macaroni & cheese. my mother in law is that kind of cook that doesnt measure anything; she “eyeballs it”. not sure what my family would be eating if it wasn't for her.

    • Joy

      I learned to cook from my mom. But, I get the best recipies from the Church cookbooks – those ladies can cook up some good food!!!!!

    • Tina Marmolejo

      I loved going to my Granny's on Sundays and getting her tea cakes and 7 layer jelly cake or all the goodies she always made for us. As a little girl she taught me how to make them. I love going to Christy's site, Southern Plate, it gives me such a trip down memory lane. The recipes are as you said things we have at home, but more than that they remind me of a sweet time with my Granny!

      Tina Marmolejo

    • Tonya

      My mom taught me how to cook. I do enjoy cooking with her and spending time with family. I am one of those cooks that follows recipes from cookbooks to a tee. I feel like if i deviate to much then it might not turn out to be good. I enjoy having cookbooks but alot of them are expensive.

    • Jessica

      My mother went to nursing school as a single mother with seven children. Being the oldest, I cared for the younger ones while she was in class and later when she began working at the hospital. She left me notes with chore assignments for everyone and dinner instructions for me to follow. Now with eight children of my own, I have taught my children to cook by assisting me in the kitchen; each one (except the baby) has a night to be “dinner helper”. From the age of nine they are able to follow most recipes with my guidance to produce anything from apple pie and lemon bars to pasta dishes or their favorite – garlic chicken. I would love to have this cookbook to give as a Christmas gift to my boys (my oldest five are boys!) Thanks Mom for teaching me both how to cook and how to love on my children!

    • Beth

      My mom taught me so much! Now, I'm brave enough to try new recipes constantly as well as modifying them a little to fit my family's tastes!

    • Asanders268

      my little sis is a phenomenal baker and any time i'm stuck, i just give her a call and she calmly talks me through it. i'm so thankful for her!!

    • Lori

      My sister taught me a lot! She's always the first person I call if I need help!

    • Dfrsteele

      My Mom taught we everything I know, except I have to use measuring cups, she don't measure anything, she just knows! When I grow up, I'm 40, I want to be just like her!

    • Peggycoupons2010

      My mother taught me–eating cold beans out of a can, plain tuna on crackers, boiled eggs, lunch meat rolled up with some cheese–you get the idea. Needless to say, I now use cookbooks and recipes to cook meals for my family and am teaching myself through trial and error. I have served some failures, but am starting to stock pile successes that are keepers. I am not brave enough to invent something without a recipe, and I measure everything.

    • Kimanderson

      First, my Mom and then her Mom and Step-Dad – they used to own a “Country Cookin” restaurant and everything they made was delicious. They never used recipes, they just knew how to cook. Wish I could do that, sure do miss them!

    • Kim

      I love Christy at Southern Plate and I love her recipes. I never really had anyone teach me how to cook, I just winged it and learned on my own. I enjoy baking a lot. I guess my grandmother would have to be the one who influenced me the most. Her and my grandfather had fresh vegetables and she always prepared them the southern way. Christy's cooking carries on those traditions like my grandmother's. I would love to win this!

    • Jokat22

      My husband taught me the most about cooking due to not using recipes!

    • Fasquamuk

      My Grandmother. She taught me first how to bake and then one summer when she was sick, I learned to cook several casseroles.

    • My parents and my hubby have taught me about cooking. I've been married for a litle over a year and it has been pretty much trial by fire! I take any help I can get!

    • Aimee

      I've used some of Christy's recipes. They are wonderful, and I would love to have this book to go by instead of setting my computer at my kitchen counter…lol

    • Nicole

      My mother and my mother in law are who I owe my thanks to. I love to cook and without their help, well, lets just say I would have not made it to create the dishes that my family loves!

    • SUSAN

      i know this may sound conceited to some…but the person who taught me the most about cooking…was myself. not every one grew up in the ideal “leave it to beaver” home with a good mother who cooked, or even had a grandmother to watch and learn from. but somewhere, i had to find the belief in myself that i could become a mother i could admire and respect and never be afraid to TRY. i learned basically from trial and error…and years of practice. I have become an excellent cook, and people ask me, all the time, “how did you learn to cook like this??… I could never cook like this.” I just tell them to TRY… I just had to start trying…the more I tried the more successful I became. We all read recipes, have cookbooks, magazines, tv network shows…we get inspiration from, but sooner or later we have to believe in our own abilities…and try! Now, i make up my own recipes!! i adore cooking!!!

    • Jennings2991

      My mother shared her recipes with me, my favorite and I will pass down to my kids, is her homemade dressing! This was a recipe that she could not tell me how much of each ingredient, just a pinch of this and dash of that. Over the years I have master it, wrote down as close as I well ever get to my mom's recipe and sharing it with both daughters. My mom is gone, but her recipe will live on.

    • JoLynn

      I like, some others have mentioned, really taught myself how to cook. I just had to get in there and do it! It was a gowth process (and still is!)

    • Angela

      I learned to cook by watching my mom and mother in law! I also had a junior cookbook and my mom always tasted my concoctions enthusiastically. She also sent me to a cooking class when I was about 10. I never really became that great of a cook but I know enough to get by and can follow recipes.

    • melanie

      My mama taught me the most. I still call her for advice!

    • dwebb

      my mom taught me the most about cooking. Great times gathered around the kitchen….and I'm still learning. I now love to watch Food Network :)

    • Blessedandmore

      My mother and my mother in law.My mom gave me a love for cooking and the confidence to try new things.My in-law taught me time management and how to coo several things at once.Thanks moms

    • Jamie

      My daddy!

    • Bethany

      My mom taught me the basics but my husband has taught me a TON in the 4 years we've been married. I'm a much better cook now than when we first got married.

    • Um… myself… by trying recipes, reading cookbooks, watching Food Network… asking other good cooks… etc.

    • Tw3sons

      My mom taught me to cook at the age of nine years young. She had to work long hours to provide for the family. So with me being the oldest and only girl in the family I was forced to help out by cooking. I remember burning dinner sometimes and throwing it out and starting over before she made it home from work. Those were the good ole days!

    • Gt5801d

      Who taught me the most about cooking? My mom!

    • Lane

      My friend Jennifer has taught/is teaching me the most about cooking.

    • Vbrown

      My mom and my grandmother taught me how to cook. I'm no gourmet but my grill and I can cook up a killer steak!

    • JDGeorgia

      My mother… She loved to cook and was a fantastic cook. She studied cookbooks and experimented all the time, but the very best things she cooked were traditional Southern favorites.

    • Rebecca

      My mom and my sister ( I can't pick just one of them)! They were both excellent cooks. Now I am teaching my 9 year old daughter how to cook. She helps me every night with supper and she loves to decorate cakes!

    • Mandy Reel

      My mom taught me everything I know about cooking and meal planning. I still call her almost every day with questions! :)

    • rdbullo494

      Believe it or not, I learned the most from my husband. He is a fabulous southern cook and has taught me to use new ingredients and explore new recipes.

    • Jmholley

      my husband and mother -in -law…they are great cooks!!

    • Barker Tina

      My dad!

    • stephanie

      My dad taught me the most about cooking, especially baking. He loved to bake homemade bread & soups all the time. Thanks

    • amy

      my mom is a great cook and hostess

    • My campus minister's wife. I lived with them one quarter during school, and she taught me a lot about cooking and being a good hostess.

    • Styers3

      My grandmother taught me the best southern cooking, but it is time consuming. This cookbook sounds wonderful. I will always remember the times with my grandmother !!

    • lilchief27

      My mom taught me so much about cooking delicious meals on a budget She is now teaching my daughter about cooking & baking. She now loves baking more than me. I am so happy my mom & daughter have such wonderful memories! I hope they will share many more!

    • Kristen

      My mom taught me everything I know about cooking. She is a true southern lady who really knows how to cook southern style. I have never seen anyone who can put together a dinner so elegantly while being such a good hostess. I'd like to say that I am a good cook like her, but I still have some learning to do. I swear she should start a catering business.

    • CarolinaGirl80

      I taught myself to cook with the help of Food Network. My grandmother and MIL help me when I need to know something that I dont know as well.

    • Brandygrapper

      my husband ;-)

    • Amber8279

      I would love a cookbook like this- I want to do better about cooking at home…I need someone to teach me..I learned a few things from my dad and mom..that's it!

    • Randi Lynne

      My mother taught me a lot about cooking, and she was taught by my grandmother, so I really learned from the both of them. My mom and I were always in the kitchen together. Most of my fondest memories are cooking with her, and I'm still learning more tips from her everyday. We share recipes and tips a lot too!

    • mommalana

      My Mom taught me to cook as I was growing up.

    • Kate

      My mom taught me everything I know about cooking and I am still constantly learning new things from her! I requested that she compile all her recipes and our traditional family dishes we have for the holidays in a cookbook for me so that I can pass it on to my little girl. I call her for tips at least once a week! We have many memories of making holiday dinners!

    • WJones87

      My mom taught me most of what I know about cooking, being sure to have a special memory or story to go along with every lesson.

    • Adlcoupons

      I think a combo of my mom and my Fannie Farmer cookbook taught me how to cook. Then I read Southern Living and other mags to try new recipes and experiment.

    • Jennifer S

      It's hard to pick just one person. My grandparents (may they rest in peace) were married until the day they died. They both offered great insight on cooking. But, I have to give the most credit to my mother. She always instilled in me the importance of being able to cook and the vast styles of cooking(for survival, family memories, camping, etc.) It always helps to know how to adapt your cooking to meet the needs of the situation. I told my husband, 'the quickest way to a man's heart is through his stomach'. ;) I love to cook and it is thanks to the lessons I learned from my family.

    • Bryjusmom

      My mom talk me all about cooking. Lots of good, but not good for you southern food.

    • Emily B

      Definitely my mom.

    • Dcetti

      My grandmother- still the best sour cream pound cake I've ever tasted!

    • Bonnie

      My mom but I love to learn from my grandmother-in-law — such an intelligent and thrifty woman!

    • Cindy

      My mother, but in an around-about way. My mom is a wonderful cook. Everything she makes turns out so yummy, but she doesn't usually use a recipe, so cooking with her is a little of this and a little of that. While I've gotten a few great baking recipes from her, most of the learning came from watching. These days our meals aren't usually the southern meals that I grew up with (trying to eat healthy), but when I want comfort food, I think back to how Mom cooked and try to remember all the little pinches and shakes that made those dishes special!

    • THERESA EPPS

      IT’S HARD TO PICK ONE PERSON THAT INSPIRED ME TO BE THE COOK THAT I AM TODAY. I WAS LUCKY TO HAVE HAD 2 GRANDMOTHERS IN MY LIFE AND MY MOM. ALL THREE HAD PLAYED A BIG PART IN MY LIFE WHEN LEARNING TO COOK. SO I CONTRIBUTE ALL THREE IN TEACHING ME HOW TO COOK. A PART OF THEM ARE ALL IN MY COOKING!!
      THERESA
      DARLIN525@HUGHES.NET

    • Lee Katherine

      My mom taught me how to plan my cooking to be done all at once. My dad taught me things don't have to look good to be good (best sweet potato pudding you ever dreamed of). My Grandma taught me how to keep the kitchen cool in the summer and STILL eat good (from the garden with very little additions). My Pappa taught me how to grow good eats in my backyard without sharing them with every creature God created. Without each of them I would not be the cook my husband believes I am… I'm still skeptical! ;-0

    • Alrose Gillani

      My aunt is one person who taught me most about cooking

    • Chellej_1999

      My husband- he is a great cook!

    • Stace_ua

      My dad!

    • Mrsbmomof3

      Actually, I didn't learn how to cook from just one person. I knew NOTHING about cooking when I first got married. Thanks to great cookbooks, magazines and online recipes & videos, I've learned a lot over the last 11 years.

    • Babydoll 1999

      Mostly self taught, and still learning. I'll call my mom and sister if I need some help.

    • A. Brasfield

      The person who taught me the most about cooking is my husband. Before I met him, I thought cooking was just a means to an end. I was always just trying to end my hunger rather than seeing the joy in the process. My husband has taught me to slow down and enjoy the chemistry and the camaraderie of the kitchen.

    • Linsey

      My husband has taught me a lot . I ate a lot of hot pockects and lean cuisines before him:)

    • kcreviews

      I learned to cook from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook I got when I got married. Years later I started watching Food Network and Alton Brown's “Good Eats”, which truly brought my cooking to new levels. :)

    • Ssjamielynn

      My mother let me sit on the counter by her as she cooked since I was a small child and then my grandmother would always allow me to do the hands on mixing, like for meatloaf. Two wonderful cooks, which have instilled in me a desire to cook for my own family.

    • Cphe

      my fondest memories of cooking come from my grandmother,herself a southern lady from beautiful N.C. i remember watching her put together enormous tasty meals together every sunday after church(started before church) , and for family reunions(and we have a huge extended family),all seemingly done with ease and definately w/love in a small home with no AC.i could sit and watch, help, ask a million questions it didn't matter she'd share her knowledge.She's gone and we can no longer enjoy her and her cooking but she sure left us all w/ a piece of her. praises to all our grandmas!!!

    • Darciepw

      My mom

    • cara

      I taught myself by experimenting with recipes and messing up alot. Now I am pretty good at putting a dish together with ingredients on hand.

    • Mandy

      My MOM..!!!

    • Samanthadare

      My mom taught me the most about cooking. She made almost everything from scratch and no recipe, all by taste and varied each time. Everything was delicious!!

    • Jmeek0330

      This may seem a bit strange, but my husband has taught me so much about finding my way around the kitchen. He sometimes makes it up as he goes, but it is always top notch:) He is a great cook and a truly awesome husband!!

    • Carmen Philip

      I would have to say my old roomate 2 years ago before I was married taught me something about cooking that set me on an adventure. She was a manager at a clothing store but also had a side catering business that did very well. I was her taste tester and would watch her cook everything from chicken piccata and sauteed spinach to pecan praline bars and cheesecakes. I was amazed at all of the ingredients she used and all of her kitchen gadgets. Most of her recipes were her just experimenting with different foods but it all tasted wonderful. It was the first time I tasted fresh food at home that was authentic and delicious. From then on I started doing some experimenting on my own with different cookbooks and online recipes and asking for her to taste some of my food. My family and friends were amazed that I was now baking pumpkin cheesecake and chicken fettucini alfredo! I believe this was one of the reasons that my best guy friend fell in love with me and asked me to marry him. Now I surprise him all the time with new dishes and the both of us are forever grateful to my old roomate for everything she taught me and how much home cooked food tastes better than eating out! She was only my roomate for a year but she was so patient with me and seemed to like my interest in cooking and learning. I would love to win one of these cookbooks because I've been on Christy's website and love reading all of her recipes.

    • Bhatten

      i saw an article on this cookbook and have added it to my christmas list. i'd love to win one to give my mother-in-law for christmas. as far as learning to cook, i've pretty much had to figure it out on my own by trial and error :) thankfully my husband will eat about anything!

    • Ramona

      I was raised in a Children's Home 1969-1978 (Mills Home in Thomasville, NC). They hired dieticians ( which was really older women from our city) that came into our cottages each weekday and did the cooking for 15-20 people. These women were such wonderful cooks of southern foods. They were all African American women that I loved so much. It was like getting Sunday lunch day. The fried chicken and the pies. However, what I remember most about these women is their hands and how the looked. Once I was grown I realized it was arthritis from all the hard work they did for their families and the children at Mills Home.

    • Amy Mc

      I have learned the most about cooking from my grandmother. I have such sweet memories of watching and helping her cook.

    • Wendy

      My mother taught me a lot about cooking. Would love to win Christy's book!

    • Pedspech

      I love Christy's site- it will be great to get my hands on her book!

      I probably learned the most about cooking from my grandmother.

    • Shannon

      My mother, for sure!

    • Angela

      My grandmother taught me the most about cooking. She made it more than just food, she showed me that cooking makes families come together & wonderful memories.

      Thanks,
      Angela

    • Sandra

      my mom

    • Sandra

      My mom

    • Sherry B.

      My Grandma Hillis taught me the most about cooking…and she was a good country, southern cook!! She didn't use recipes…..I had to write guesses down just to try to keep some of her recipes! I think of her every time I make salmon patties!

    • Southpawtracy

      My Mom….She still does for that matter…

    • Kemccarthy

      my mother in law has taught me the most about cooking. Never cooked growing up so until I got married, I really never cooked…

    • valerie

      My Grandmother taught me the most. From gathering the items in her garden to making something out of them. Some of my best memories of my grandmother are when we were cooking.

    • NatureLover021

      Dad taught me most about cooking. Growing up, we always had home cooked meals. He would get so mad when Mom would take us out to eat (i.e. fast food) because he always wanted us to have a quality, home cooked meal. Dad could cook the best of any cuisine: Mexican, American, or Italian. He was always trying new things, and taught me that. Why cook the same thing over and over when you can try something new. In fact, when it comes to cooking, I pretty much share Dad's beliefs. Two years ago, Dad was hit by a car while walking when on vacation, and he hasn't gotten around to cooking the gourmet meals like he used to. I miss that, but I'm glad I learned from him before so that I can carry on his recipes and ideas!

    • Lauren M.

      My mother and my Mamaw taught me everything I know about cooking. I was always amazed at how they whipped together meals so effortlessly.

    • Roehrigk

      My mom taught me the most about cooking. She has this awesome Lasagna recipe that I have entered in a cook off and won! I love this recipe, it reminds me of my wonderful mom!

    • Cflex

      My mother and stepmother…also getting addicted to Food Network and learning so much there.

    • I learned a lot about cooking just by trial and error. My wonderful husband is very enthusiastic about any new thing I try, and his mom is always available if I have cooking questions.

    • Wasabisnot

      My mother in law has taught me the most about cooking. I grew up in the north, but now I have married into a southern family. I also happen to love Christy's blog and all her recipes!

    • Megtag

      My mother is the best cook I know, she has taught me everything I need to know about cooking. Thank's for your consideration :)

    • Inkimpressionsonline

      I learned a lot about cooking from my dad!

    • My2princesses0105

      My mom taught me how to cook:)

    • Jmcwethy

      I pretty much winged it until my mother in law taught me some basics, like how to make biscuits from scratch and how to make gravy and how to roast a chicken. :)

      Thanks for the chance- I would LOVE this cookbook!!

    • Jen

      I LOVE to cook & read…what a great concept & combo!!!

    • Ginger Jasper

      My mother and grandmother taught me how to cook…I can remember calling my grandmother when I had questions about baking, she always had the answers…I really miss her, she passed away in 1993. Ginger Jasper

    • Lydia

      We grew up going to my grandmother's to eat every monday night. She taught me the basics of cooking, but I'm still striving to be as good as she still is. I think it takes over 50 years of practice though.

    • Lisanne216

      Actually my husband!! LOL I hated cooking until I met him!! He's a great cook and has taught me alot. Now that we live in SC I really enjoy southern cooking too!

    • DannaB

      My mother gets the credit for my cooking abilities. Mainly because she allowed me to make mistakes without criticism and I learned from them. One day I tried to cook baked pork chops. I followed the recipe perfectly and we ate them that night. However, I used thin pork chops instead of thickly sliced ones. My family said it was very good….but my sister was very honest about it. She called them PORK CHIPS! :)

    • joan ilagan

      so here's one of my many cooking stories.

      my great grandmother, grandmother and mother are all great cooks.
      my great grandmother was with us until 2000.
      we all love to cook, bake, make homemade jellies, can our own veggies, make homemade pickles, come up with new recipes, etc.

      one fall, we were getting ready for the holidays by making our homemade cranberry sauce.
      cranberries typically have enough pectin in them to jell on their own.
      on this particular occasion, they wouldn't jell.
      so, we added BOX after BOX of sure-jel.
      still no jelling.
      we had 50 12 oz. jars of unjelled cranberry sauce!
      we didn't know what to do.
      so we did what any good cook would do…….we ate it anyway ;o)

      the consistency was like apple butter.
      we ended up eating most of it on toast.
      IT WAS WONDERFUL!
      of course, we've never been able to re-create it because cranberries jell naturally.

      the talking, visiting, learning, and bonding while being in the kitchen together is priceless.
      i consider my granny's collection of recipes written by her hand to be one of my greatest material possessions.

    • Mellieb007

      My mom taught me just about everything I know when it comes to cooking… How to follow a recipe, how to find/make subsitutions, and of course all those recipes of hers that really had no recipe. I wish I remembered them better/had paid more attention!

    • Jennifer_skelton

      My husband. With 4 kids we love to play and experiment on the weekends!

    • Michellenicolemills

      Ha! It would have to be my husband. When we met, I would put sandwich bags on my hands to touch raw meat. He has an amazing gift at coordinating the cooking time for the whole meal. I am still trying to pick up hints. :)

    • whateverjulie

      My Mom…she passed on her love of food and sharing it with family and friends to me.

      Thanks for this giveaway.

      julie (at) the littlekitchen (dot) net

    • MarilynV48

      my grandmother taught me all i know about cooking, my favorite memories are those of us in the kitchen while she taught me all of her favorite recipes

    • Natalie

      My dad grew up in the south but moved to NJ and raised a family. I would love this book to be able to prepare some down home recipes for him. Who doesn't love comfort food?

      • Natalie

        My amazing mom taught me all that I know about cooking. I hope to do the same for my daughters.

    • Susan

      My Italian grandmother. She was the best cook ever!!!!!

    • Taffagarcia

      My mom…I learned SO much by watching her and tough we are thousands of miles apart, when I make a recipe that she made growing up…it makes me feel CLOSE to her!

    • S James2323

      My mom taught me to cook so that i could prepare supper while she worked. She paid me an allowance for it.So glad she did!!

    • LeighP

      My dear grandpa used to cook dinners, and amazing Sunday and Holiday lunches. He could whip up inventive stews with left over ingredients and they were always delicious. I lived in another country growing up and some of my strongest memories are of the time spent in the kitchen with my gramps. I think of him often!

    • Hilda Alford

      My Mother taught me how to cook. I also had a friend , Jean, who taught me. Both of these great women are no longer living, but the things they taught me about cooking, will live on.

    • Bama granny

      My dad taught me to cook more than anyone else. I remember him showing me how to scramble eggs when I was 6 and he had taught my mother to cook also when they married in 1948. She was a great cook but it was dad's patience in showing me what to do that I remember most. He was a Navy cook for 7 years, going thru WW2 on a aircraft carrier. I miss his stories about that time as much as I miss his cooking but I miss his smile most of all.

    • TunaMeltdown

      I love all these stories about Mom or Dad teaching kids to cook. I didn't have that opportunity, so the wonderful Julia Child taught me most everything I know. I learned from watching her religiously on Saturday mornings on PBS. Without her I would never have attempted a croquembouche (even though the spun sugar went everywhere). But having grown up in the South, Christy's recipes are a taste I try to create so my New Jersey husband will know what he missed not growing up here.

    • Dhinkemeyer1

      My father taught me to cook and really how to enjoy cooking. We had such a variety of food and I am so appreciative because I am open to lots of different ethnic foods!

    • Courtney Buxton

      My mom taught me the most about cooking, of course! But I've also learned a lot from cooking shows on TV and just trial/error. Thanks for this opportunity!

    • Katie

      My mom taught me how to cook thriftfully (is that a word?)…Her cooking was delicious and healthy; something I still strive to follow and share w/ others!

    • Haleyallen80

      My mom & both of my grandmother's! All the women in my family LOVE to cook & we're true southern girls.

    • kathy

      That's a tough one, my mom and her mom, my Nana both cooked all the time. I guess if I have to choose one it would be my Nana because she did all the entertaining and taught me how to properly set the table with all the utensils and glasses and plates. She also traveled the world and brought recipes home to cook. It was as much fun to cook with her as it was to eat what she cooked!

    • Lacrellin

      My mother taught me the most about cooking. Now, my husband and I like to try new things, so I guess we teach each other. We love trying out new recipes. So a new cookbook would be lots of fun. :)

    • Rebecca

      The person who taught me the most about cooking was my boss at a cookery. The one thing she really taught me was to jump in and try–and that is huge in the kitchen! Working with her made me want to cook at home :)

    • Suheily

      For me was my Grandma, I love the tips and the stories about when she grow up and the way they do the cooking with pieces of wood and rocks to hold the pots. Amaizing…stories.

    • Slswilliams

      My stepfather! My mom worked late most days and He and I spent many hours in the kitchen trying new things.

    • karen

      My mom taught me to cook often not even using a cook book and just putting together what she had on hand and it turned out good! My kids love my cooking and they say its the best!!!

    • Celie

      Hands down, my mother.

    • Hmdandthc123

      My Grandmother. I love watching her cook and I learn new ideas from her each time.

    • Jennifer

      My mom. I still call her when I'm cooking and need help! Thanks Mom!

    • Staceface81

      My mom of course!

    • Wendy_welch

      The one person that taught the most and taught me to love cooking (and that every meal you cook should be cooked and served with love) was my grandmother, BooBoo. I have all of her handwritten recipees and cookbooks with all of her “scribbles” in the margins – treasures that I will treasure forever.

    • Melinda

      It would be a tie between my grandmother and my mother-but I will say my grandmother since she taught my mother how to cook also! Her macaroni and cheese and pecan pie recipes are family treasures!

    • Uarnrkb

      My grandma has always been the one who's taught me the most about cooking. But it wasn't easy. She was so good, she never measured anything. So she doesn't have any of her recipes to pass down. Kind of sad. My family has gotten to where we watch and try to “gestimate” how much of an ingredient shes using!

    • Liz

      My mother and grandmother taught me the most about cooking, and it has been a love of mine since I was young. I love cooking with my daughters, or with famliy and friends!

    • Gt1701a

      My dad taught me to not be afraid to experiment while cooking. I would love this cookbook!

    • Tami

      My mom taught me the most about cooking. When I first got married I lived 3 states away and called her almost every night. My mom is the most awesome Southern Cook I know.

    • sunshine101

      To be honest, I thought I have always been a pretty good cook, but the one person that inspires me is my husband, Jeff. He has such talent and ability to walk into a kitchen, use what we have in the fridge and pantry, and when he has time, makes wonderful meals for our family. I am blessed!

    • Robyn

      My husband taught me how to cook, his mother taught him.

    • Richnstef92

      My daddy tryed to teach me how to cook lol. Every Sunday he would make dinner he would always say “pay attention you will have to do this oneday!” Boy I wish I would have payed more attention to frying chicken. His was always golden brown and crispy. My mouth is watering just typing this lol. My daddy is who I learned to cook from.

    • Dtatum

      My Aunt taught me the most about cooking! Her food was delicious!

    • Tracy

      I have to thank Hamburger Helper. I did not cook before being married (it's a great diet plan). My mother did not cook since she was the “take out queen”. Needless to say, Hamburger Helper helped feed my husband until I could figure it out on my own. Just to let you know, my husband's mother is and always has been an excellent cook and yet he still married me. Over the past thirteen years, I have actually become a good cook that is always looking for new ideas.

    • Jeanna

      It is hard for me to name one person who taught me how to cook. I was never really taught how to cook but I did observe different people in my life cooking. My dad cooked often and maybe that is where I picked up my desire for cooking. Overall though I have taught myself how to cook.

    • Cabpw51

      My mom, even after she had a stroke and could no longer talk, she sat in the kitchen whenever I was cooking and would moan if I was doing something she didn

      think was right.

    • Curtisao

      My mother taught me the basics of cooking. She passed away when I was only 16, but left some amazing recipes that I cherish. Beyond the basics, I guess I am pretty much self-taught.

    • Elizabeth

      Christie Jordan of course!!! My mind was other places than the kitchen while growing up, I stumbled across her a year or so back and check her site often. I've made the Mandarin Orange cake more than once. The book would be nice to plan a meal but I would probably go to her site anyways for the step by step tuteriols. What would I probably prepare without her?? The answer would be …nothing, I guess eat out again!

    • Courtney-leigh

      My nannie taught me how to cook southern “soul” food…I do miss her.

    • Slbkendrick

      It's been a community effort…my mother taught me how to make biscuits from Bisquick, my mother-in-law taught me how to make fried chicken and pineapple casserole, and my brother-in-law taught me how to make buffalo wings. Actually, the person who taught me the most about cooking is probably Mark Bittman, the author of How to Cook Everything. His cookbook is such a help for a newbie cook!

    • TiffanyLyn

      My mom had me helping in the kitchen soon as I was old enough to stir something, pat something, or the best part – taste something. I loved cooking then just as much as I love it now. Now, if I only had someone to do the dishes!

    • savingforfamily

      My Mema. She has passed away but she taught us to cook before your husband came home so that the house would be cooled and he would be comfortable. She literally cooked all day long. She would start lunch right after breakfast and dinner after lunch and shealways had left over bacon fom breakfast. I think we ate it all day long! :) I love to make her chicken and dressing. She taught our family sooooo much!

    • Bjwidner

      My Mother is the best cook in the World! I try to cook things like she does, but they never taste the same! She is 86 yrs. old and still cooks the best Chicken & Dressing!

    • SusanStauffer

      I think my mother-in-law taught me the most about cooking. My mom was a great cook, but when I lived at home I wasn't really interested. But after I got married, I realized that I really didn't know a whole lot. My mother-in-law was really great with sharing recipes and tips, and cooking from scratch.

    • Cathy

      My grandma taught me that cooking should make everyone feel good. It should be simple for the cook, yummy for everyone who tastes it, and made with ingredients that are good for you. Meals should make you want to sit around the table and visit awhile. She was the best hostess I've ever known and her cobbler was the stuff of legend.

    • Osakajenn

      I love to cook and I think it is because from when I was very little my mom and I would create and in the kitchen. I have continued this tradition with both of my kids. I would love to win this book as I read Christy's blog and have been wanting to get this book.

    • Kyle

      My grandmother was my amazing mentor! She was the only grandparent I knew, but she was all I needed. She not only lived with me since I was a child, but she taught me how to ice coookies, cut food, and even make fruit cocktail seem like an elegant dessert in a pinch! If nothing else, this is a shout out to all the grandmothers out there!

    • Anya

      My mom taught me to cook,and I never wanted to,but she always really wanted me to learn how to so when I got married onw day I would be able to cook good dinners.Well, I am so glad she did because I have a very happy fed husband and son.My mom has taught me so much!

    • Ruth

      My mom taught me how to cook. When I was real young, I would watch her cook and bake and when I was old enough, she let me help her.

    • Glendalea913

      I love love to cook, especially if I haveall of the ingredients on hand. I learned to cook from a very dear friend of mine. She passed away this year and is greatly missed. we were friends for 25 years. When we met, I was in my early 20's and could barely cook anything…..she taught me everything that she knew, including special secret ingredients that made her recipes outstanding….I think of her all of the time, especially when I make one of her special dishes.. Thanks Jenny for allowing me to share…….Glenda Thompson

    • angied33

      I really taught myself the most about cooking. My mom was always the fried meat, rice and gravy every day for dinner kind of mom, and as I grew up and started learning to cook, I would expreriment and learned new and better ways of cooking. Now my mom and I are exact opposites in the kitchen but she loves my cooking!

    • Amy9380

      Growing up, I was never really interested in cooking, but when I got married I had to learn pretty fast because we couldn't afford to eat out every night. I studied cookbooks and watched a lot of Food Network. I learned the basics from Rachel Ray, Alton Brown, and Ina Garten. Now I love to cook and love to try new recipes.

    • Caitlin E.

      My Daddy taught me the most about cooking. I loved helping in the kitchen every night and after dinner we would go sit on the back patio and eat “dessert” together…usually a cookie. I miss those nights…

    • KT

      Mama taught me everything I know about cooking! She taught me how to make home-made biscuits with chocolate syrup (gravy) and eggs-a la-goldenrod on toast…amazing things to eat! If I am even half the cook & baker she is when I reach her age, I'll make plenty of friends and family happy, all the time. She and Daddy love to host huge gatherings of people at their house, and it seems like there are always four or five of us in the kitchen with Mama, helping her pull it all together. She is so patient and tolerant with everyone, even the grand-kids! I hope I'm the same way with my son & daughter…and with my grandchildren one day.

    • Christina

      seriously- rachel ray…lol

    • vmaggie1

      My grandmother, bless her soul, taught me how to cook. I began at the age of four sitting in her kitchen floor with her “special mixing bowl pouring flour and sugar –a little in the bowl and the rest on the floor — making my bisquits. She was ever so patient and as I aged so did my cooking experiences with her. She taught me how to cook the wonderful homemade dishes with no recipes but by what was in “her head”. Those dishes remind me of her every time I make them. No real recipe — just memories!

    • Irelandillman

      My mom is a great cook and I still call her for help on some recipes!

    • Tindall08

      The person that taught me the most about cooking is my Dad. He loves to cook and enjoys cooking for our family. He tries new receipes and adds his own touch to it. I love to watch him cook because he gets excited about cooking and doesn't make it a “chore”. This is how I want to be when I am cooking and show my children the same passion my daddy shows me when he is cooking.

    • Kkwright

      Bessie was our maid, but more like a member of our family. She worked for my grandmother and helped raise my mother. Then she worked for my mother and practically raised me and my brother. She was an excellent cook. However, she never used recipes. So before I left for college, I would follow her around the kitchen taking notes as to how she prepared different dishes. I learned how to make fried chicken, fried okra, country-fried steak and gravy, macaroni and cheese and my favorite, Southern-style biscuits. I’ve never been able to match her peach cobbler though. We would pick beans from the garden and prepare them to be cooked with bacon grease. Bessie didn’t worry about food being healthy, just about it being delicious. Nobody could cook like Bessie!

    • Sewdccdchd

      I attribute my ability to cook to my mother and my grandmother. My grandmother was a kitchen manager in the 1940's, 1950's, 1960's thru her death in 1988. She was a single mother of 4 children who had to give her children up during the depression. My mother raised 5 children and fed them from a single income during the 60's – 80's. We never were hungry for anything. We always had homecooked meals and always longed for tv dinners and krystal hamburgers. My husband's mother always worked and he lived on tv dinners and banquet fried chicken. He always longed for home cooked meals. I learned to cook when I married in 1992. I am considered a good southern cook, meat and vegetables and desert. I remember my mother saving the tv trays and putting our leftovers in them and freezing them for our special “tv dinners.” My husband died in 2003 and I think of all the meals that I did not get a chance to cook for him and it saddens me greatly. I do cook for my 16 year old son and he made the statement the other day, “Mom, what if I marry a girl that cannot cook?” I told him that he needed to learn just in case. I love cookbooks and read them like novels and would love a new one. Many thanks for reading my post.

    • Kim

      My grandmothers are both wonderful cooks. I have to say that they have taught me the most about cooking. If I ever have a question about a recipe or how to cook something I call one of them. :)

    • Allinole

      My dad!

    • Abigail

      My mom is a fabulous cook and she taught me everything I know about cooking. There were 5 kids in my family and my mom always loved having us help cook. She felt like we would appreciate the food more, if we helped to prepare it. Growing up, I never heard “Get out of the kitchen. I'm trying to cook dinner.” She was always willing to teach the what she knew.

    • Ah

      My mom. She is a great southern cook.

    • Twyla

      The person who taught me (and still does) is my mom. She is an EXCELLENT cook, especially Southern comfort foods. At 73, she still cooks a lot, even for my family when we are busy with work, homework, sports, etc.! Not only does she cook well, but her table is always set with the theme of the season. If I had the time I would be more like her in this area, but I do what I can!
      She would LOVE this book and I would LOVE to win it for her…..

    • Ukbrit9

      I would say serveral family members inspired me to cook but did not teach me. I love cook books and trying new things. I am so lucky my kids are willing to try anything :). I learned you could say with trail and error. The pictures on the front of Mrs Jordans book sure look mouth watering and would love to bring her dishes form her book to my childrens dinner table.

    • Dgregori

      My grandmother taught me the most about cooking and being frugal. She was raised during the depression and when times were tough for her and her husband later in life, she was able to stretch her dollars based on some great old fashioned recipes. Cheaper cuts of meat can be made tender if cooked a lot longer. These times call for frugal cooking too. I love learning and sharing new recipes.

    • Shemaschool

      Sara Moulton on TV was the one who really “held my hand” when I first got married.

    • Angrcooking

      my mother taught me the most about cooking. she always cooked @ home we never ate out. I guess that is why I love to cook, it was one of the times we were always sharing information about the days events.

    • Ruth Ellen

      My aunt and her husband ran a dairy farm, raised chickens to sell their eggs, and planted a large vegetable garden every year, from which she harvested and canned enough vegetables to feed her family for a year, plus share with neighbors and friends. Despite working outside on their farm every day, she managed to cook 3 full meals each day (from scratch–no boxes or frozen foods for her!), with each meal including homemade biscuits…which would melt in your mouth. Visiting them was always a delight, and I learned so much just by watching her over the years, observing how her fingers deftly mixed the shortening, flour, and buttermilk, and then kneading the dough for just the right amount of time, rolling in into that creamy velvety blanket from which she would expertly (and quickly) use her old metal cookie cutter to make the perfect sized biscuits. She accomplished all of this in a most relaxed, homey fashion, never seeming flustered. Her food was the tastiest, and always served on warm, cherry red china decorated with, appropriately, roosters. I was like a sponge, soaking in not only her delicious recipes, but her manner and the grace with which she served her family and guests. From her I learned much about the mechanics of preparing, canning, and cooking, but more importantly, about the pride in knowing you have served your loved ones with the best you have to offer.

    • Carol

      My dear grandmother taught me to most about cooking. Not only did she show me how; she always let me make my own biscuits while she made hers. If she was making a cake, she would let me make my own cake right along beside her. It did not matter what she was doing on any particular day, if you helped Grandma, there was no doubt that you would learn something and she always had time for you. You see, she taught me more than just cooking. She taught me to watch, listen, then put what I learned into action. This went for cooking AND life in general. God bless her soul, Grandma has long since passed BUT her cooking tecniques she taught me will live forever as I pass these cooking lessons from generation to generation. I love you and thank you Grandma!

    • Tmcreech

      my mother taught me most everything I know and i loved every minute of it. i only hope I can teach my two daughters as much.

    • Andreawatts

      Julia Child

    • Djohnson272

      I learned a lot from my grandmother, mother-n-law and from various cookbooks. I love cookbooks!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • DeniseD

      My precious mother, who is in Heaven now, was my greatest influence for cooking. She cooked from scratch and everything she made was delicious. I still have the cookbook she used most. It's got splatters all over it from the many years of use and it's coming apart, but it's precious because it was hers and has good old fashioned recipes in it.

      Mama always told me to get in the kitchen and try and if you fail, try again. I remember throwing an entire cake away when I was probably only 12 years old, but I kept baking and now everyone loves my cakes.

      Mama always taught me to be persistent and it did pay off. She may be gone, but I have precious memories of our times in the kitchen!

    • Belinda29

      My wonderful mama taught all four of us kids to cook. she started baking with us at an early age and it just continued through our teens. She loved it when we would make dinner for her and NEVER complained how the dish turned out! lol

      She gave me my first cookbook while I was still in high school, and although my dear, sweet husband replaced it with a newer version, I still love the old faithful, falling apart one! I would be honored to win a Southern Plate cookbook, love Christy's recipes!

    • Jmoss1820

      I learned to cook from several people…girlfriends in college, my grandmother who is an excellent cook, and my deceased mother-in-law who had some great tradiotional family recipes that my husband loves! I would love to win this southern cookbook because we love to eat our southern food! :-)

    • Brandy

      My sweet grandma taught me all I know about cooking. :)

    • Lisa1

      I was one of those girls that had a mom that even made sandwiches for me. So when I got married Lets just say cooking was not a strong point. My husband was the one that taught me to cook. He is the kind of cook that can walk in and open the frig and come up with dinner that quickly. He is a great cook and I learned a lot of good recipes.

    • My Nana! We still argue about who makes better dumplings!

    • DianaMaria

      Betty Crocker.

    • sandraw

      Hands down winner who taught me the most about cooking? My husband! I avoided cooking like the plague untilwe married and I observed his ability to cook anything well, from fried wonton (with itsy bitsy chopped bits of ginger and delicate wonton wraps) to steamed Florida lobster(he worked the lobster boats in the Florida Keys, to hamburger and rice with garlic, onion and carrots(My grown kids still salivate over this.) His cooking is eclectic with much detail in the preparation, a focus on just the right seasoning(heavy on the jalapenos at times), and a confidence that I'm still in the process of acquiring.

    • mrswaters

      Probably my Mother taught me the most. Mainly from just watching what she did every night as she prepared meals for the family.

    • Mljespe

      My Grandma and my Aunt taught me most about cooking. My Grandma made homemade biscuits every morning as she cooked dinner for all the farmworkers, she would always leave a little dough so that I could make my own biscuits which made me feel important. My Aunt can cook anything, so she has been the one to pass on recipes and to always call when I needed help. I am very thankful for them both.

    • Michelle

      The person that taught me to cook the most was my “mother”…

      Thank you…

    • Laurie

      My mom taught me everything about cooking and then some. From making bow tie sugar cookies out of the left over dough from a pie crust to how to feed a family of eight on one chicken and coming up with a dinner that included homemade chicken noodle soup, fried chicken, cream potatoes and fried corn. Thanks Mom!

    • Laura

      When I got married at age 20, I didn't even know how to cook eggs or boil water. After three years now of him teaching me everything he knows about Italian cooking and other styles (he's Italian) I have mastered most of his amazing self-made recipes. I am now still only 23 and still have a lot to learn about cooking, but he has instilled in me a love for cooking and I am so glad for this review because I need all the help I can get to continue progressing toward my goal of cooking even better than him! This cookbook looks amazing- thanks for sharing the post! Also, thanks to my patient, sweet hubby! :)

    • yardsale_shopper

      We traveled all over the world with my dad's military service, and my mom loved to try all those weird dishes and spices… But at her core, she was a Southern Lady who taught me the value of “plain food” well cooked: Blackeye peas, sliced onion and tomato, and a wedge of warm cornbread (no sugar!)…. She has been gone three years, but lives on in my memory and heart. Thanks Mom <3

    • Carol

      My grandmother taught me the most . . . and raised my sisters and I from the age of 6. So great to see these old recipes! Thanks!

    • Vivian Johnson

      I love cooking but I hate the cleanup… lol….. I would have to say that one of our cooks at the truckstop my family owned when I was growing up taught me the most…. Catherine Johnson….of course she fussed about having to be bothered with us in the kitchen but whenever I eat hashbrowns and chocolate pie… I think of her….

    • Rachel

      My Grandma, so many great memories in the kitchen with her. Now I am passing down those memories and recipes to my kids.

    • Ashley Gurley

      When I got married, I did not know how to cook. My hubby and my mom-in-law taught me how and I love it!

    • Maria Thomas

      I enjoy cooking. My mother taught me the basics, how to cook healthy, tasty meals to feed a crowd. Because of her suggestion, I found my favorite mystery series, Hannah Swensen Mysteries. Joanne Fluke has recipes for the food mentioned in her stories. It is fun to read about a recipes and then try it. I miss picking up the phone and calling her about a detail in a recipe or a yummy recipe I tried from one of the mystery books. She died in 2007.

    • Amanda M.

      I have been following Christy for about a year and all of her recipes remind me of my grandmother's cooking. My Grandma taugh me alot about how to feed a crowd for Sunday dinner gatherings and how to make biscuits from scratch. Aaahh, I can smell the biscuits baking now…..

    • Lisa

      I learn to cook from both of my grandmothers, and my mom. I love to cook. Just wish I had some new recipes to try.

    • Liz

      My grandmother taught me everything I know about baking and cooking! She is an amazing cook who does everything from scratch and by taste. She is the one who taught me how to make the world's best sugar cookie cutouts and icing. I have never met a person who hasn't enjoyed my Nana's sugar cookies, and now mine.

    • Donna

      My husband taught me the most about cooking. During our first few years of marriage, he would never hold back with his opinions of dinner. Yep, they were pretty awful! From his constant criticisms, I learned to reshape my cooking to fit our needs. It has only taken 14 years, but he is far less critical these days than he used to be. Yep, I heard the dreaded, “That's not how my mom made it” many times! He finally figured out that wasn't the best way to get a hot meal in the evenings!

    • Harleykaney

      My Nanny taught me the most about cooking. With a floor to ceiling bookshelf (built by my grandfather) in her kitchen overflowing with cookbooks, she always had an answer for any question I could throw at her. To this day, she clips/copies recipes she runs across that she thinks I would like.

    • Becscat

      My mom taught me the most about cooking and I still think she is the best cook in the world!

    • Janiedillard

      My mother-in-law was an amazing Southern cook. In fact, she worked in the lunchroom where her son, my husband, and I attended elementary school. She and I always prepared our Thanksgiving meal together, with her doing most of the cooking. However, I do believe I learned to cook from a true master.

    • Knestberg

      ME- I am not a great cook, but I do lots of recipe reading and looking around online for help – I am pretty good at following directions, so I am getting better with time.

    • DebbieDebra

      As far back as I can remember, I was always in the Kitchen with my Grandmother. Even being nearly 30, whenever I am with her, we are always are in the kitchen, now I get to show her some of my knowledge and tricks. She inspired me to learn so much more about food, not to mention appreciate every loving morsel and bite upon my plate. Cooking with Grandma was always a good day. While in college she once made a joke that it would be funny if I decided to change my major and pursue a Culinary Arts degree. I didn't change my major, but I did go back to school. Its kind of funny in a way, but food as always been the center of my life, and I think it always will. Thanks to Grandma I got to learn at a very young age to appreciate the enjoyment of pleasing people with a plate food.

    • crystalfawn

      My Dad was born and raised in Germany. In fact, he went to culinary school in Switzerland :-) He immigrated to the USA when he was 20 and joined our US Army. He loved to cook and never made the meal the same way twice since it was a pinch of this and a dash of that with a taste here and there. He spent his life as Food and Beverage Director for area hotels including Walt Disney World. When I married I thought it was men who cooked…Uh Oh!!!! Needless to say my husband does not cook so recipe books along with my Dad's advice were invaluable. My Dad is with God now but He lives on in my heart and memories.

    • Nicki

      I learned how to cook from many wonderful people. First, there's Granny, from her I learned how to make preserves and can veggies. I also learned how to bake the most delicious biscuits, cakes, pies, and cookies. Granny also told me stories about how she learned to cook and where her recipes came from. Second, Mom taught me about cooking a family meal that people actually want to eat. Third, Dad taught me how to fry chicken and how to grill (a skill that has come in very handy). Last but not least, Mrs. Conkle, my home economics teacher taught me to be fearless when trying new recipes. Thanks to the help of all these wonderful people, I am simply amazing in the kitchen!

    • Carolrpayne

      I learned how to cook many family recipes from my Mimi.

    • Carolinagurl84

      The person who has taught me most about cooking is my mom. She has taught me everything my grandmother taught her. I was younger when my grandmother died and I loved all her food, so I got my mom to teach me everything she could! Still can't make the 12 layer cake yet but will one day!

    • Tammy Seigler

      My maternal grandmother taught me the most about cooking. Her recipes were not on paper but in her heart. Although I remember how to cook a lot of her dishes, there are some that I don't remember and only wish that I had taken more time to learn. As a child, you do not realize the importance of such women until they are no longer with you. Oh to have those days back.

    • Patricia

      I learned to love trying new recipes from my daughter. She's and amazing cook and insipred me to try new recipes.

    • Mary1day

      When I first got married,my older sister was my lifeline.I would buy meat and go home,call her and tell her what I had and she would tell me how to cook it.If I wanted something different like a casserole,I called her and she gave me step by step instructions and a ingredient list.She was my cooking school.

    • tracey14

      My mother taught me to cook! I love baking for my children the recipes I learned from her as it makes me feel she is still apart of my life every day.

    • Sebastian's Mommy

      My father taught me how to cook. My favorite recipe of his is Chicken Francaise : )

    • Monica

      I learned so much from watching my mother cook. I just wish mine turned out as good as hers.

    • Kathy Lepow

      My friends at work continue to give me tips that make me a better cook.

    • Kami

      I learned to cook from my grandmother. It is memories that are even more special now that she is gone.

    • Vannico

      I'm completely self taught and depend on my cookbook collection to provide just the right dish for every occasion.

    • Twotone2544

      The one person (or organization) that has taught me the most about cooking is Weight Watchers. Non-judgmental and encouraging.

    • Rachel

      My mom taught me how to cook, just by watching her in the kitchen

    • Tnskr

      I learned to cook from my mother, everything she make always turns out perfectly tasty. I do a good job myself but still have not mastered her technique!

    • Laurie

      My mom taught me all I know about cooking.

    • Laura

      My aunt and grandmother taught me the most about cooking!

    • Noel

      I grew up in a household with grilled cheese and PB&Js, so thankfully when I got married I had a very patient husband who happened to be a good cook.

    • Tnt24

      My grandmother and I would stay up late on Saturday nights baking cookies. I learned from her every move. She is 94 and I still call her today to ask how to cook certain things.

    • Lisa

      My mother encouraged all of us to cook while growing up. Between her support in the kitchen and her great collection of cookbooks, I got a great education and a love of finding new recipes. Now I have my OWN collection of cookbooks to look through!

    • Shannon

      I learned most of my cooking watching Mom, Granny some. They weren't big spice users at home. I got fussed at many times. I remember Dad saying ” I know who has been in the spice cabinet messing up the food”, especially spaghetti. To this day he said if you want a salad , eat one, dont put in the spaghetti and leave the spices alone! yuck, plain noodles, meat and canned sauce.;) He makes fun of it when cooking comes up,others love it. Doesnt mind eating much though when I make food and share or have a family gathering. I don't know how we afforded to eat so well with 3 kids and stay at home Mom back then but we did. No wonder I got so big lol. Took Gastric bypass to lose the weight but man I still enjoy home cooking food if I have someone to share it with and enjoy it. TV dinners were a treat to us as we never had them unless Dad was on night shift, and then only once in a blue moon. He worked hard to make that possible, and loved eating like a king.

    • danielsmom

      My mom taught me the most about cooking.

    • Moorebree

      The passion I have for cooking comes from my family. My mother provided me with the idea that a delicious dinner doesn't require many ingredients or a lot of time. She worked full time and always found a way to make meals that had complicated flavors without complicated recipes. My mom always allowed me to help her in the kitchen. My earliest memories are of standing on a chair in the kitchen helping her cook. I always had my own set of utensils and felt part of the process. My grandmothers provided me with the experience of making important family recipes that had been handed down for generations. Our family traditions all include a special food that I can now pass on to my children because of their influence.

    • Melody

      My grandma taught me a lot about cooking when I was growing up.

    • Michellemom3

      My mother. She is a fabulous cook. She has a passion for cooking and baking. Thanks MOM!

    • Smiddy10

      My mom was one of 4 girls who all are fabulous cooks! They published a family cookbook with recipes they all created. My mom taught me the basics of cooking and then gave me the cookbook when I got married. So now I get the benefit of all of their recipes and my mom's expertise.

    • sarah

      My husband!!!

    • Eidwriter

      The person who taught me the most about cooking is my mother she is a great cookk and she cooks with love

    • Cindyak20

      My mom and grandmother taught me the most important thing about cooking-love.

    • Cookiegirl09

      My cooking experience comes from a variety of different people. I grew up watching my grandmother, mom and my godmother cooking. I didn't like a lot of food when I was little, and while they were always cooking authentic Portuguese food, I would eat plain spaghetti, mac and cheese, and ramen noodles. As, I grew up I eventual started eating real food… and loved my mom's cooking soups. The issue with my mom and I we dont work well together. Its something about our personalites that does not allow us to teach each other things. Very quickly we are yelling at each other and a project is rarely finished. Eventually I did learn her vegetable beef recipe and my husband loves it! I think sometimes he married me for my mom's cooking…lol :) What I really love to make in the kitchen is to bake and decorate. 3 months ago I made my dream wedding cake that came to me 7 years ago while at work. (I only known my husband 4 yrs). While I love to bake, I struggle to cook meals. I rely on prepackaged meals. ( I do get a great deal on them because of Southernsavers, thanks Jenny)

    • Estella gonzalez

      my grandmother and my mother were the ones who inspired me to cook. i remember going to my grandmother's house and she was always trying to feed us kids. “Are u hungry?” She really didnt do any measuring that i saw, but her food was great. I'm not a great cook but we dont starve by any means plus with all the deals here it just makes it easier to cook. Thanks Jenny!

    • Linda Wagster

      My mother taught me the most about cooking. She is an awesome “Southern Cook” and I still love to eat her cooking better than anyone else's in the world!

    • paula

      I learned about cooking from watching my Mom in the kitchen. My twin daughters have also learned from watching me in the kitchen, they can cook just about anything from desserts to a full course meal. I can remember getting home from school and starting supper before Mom and Dad got home from work. My sister has this cookbook and I am jealous after previewing hers!! Makes me want one really bad!!!

    • Crein785

      My mom taught me about cooking. Wish she was still here. It was a great bonding experience and want to share that with my daughters=

      )

    • Donna Durscher

      I have fond memories of sitting on a stool in my grammy's kitchen watching her cook. She let me make the meatballs, stir the sauces and lick the spoons. I still make her spaghetti recipe today:)

    • denise

      I have the greatest memories of cooking with my grandmother in Notasulga, Alabama during my summer vacations. In the early morning hours, she would tickle my feet and say, “come help, mama.” It was in her kitchen that I learned to make southern favorites with basic foundations …buttermilk biscuits, smothered porkchops, tantalizing desserts,…etc..Such great memories that fuel my passion for cooking today for my own family.

    • Em

      This book/cookbook really sounds right up my alley!! Our family has always LOVED moms cooking, but she is one of those cooks that just adds a 'pinch' of this and a 'little' of that until it 'looks' right. You know the kind I'm talking about. My sister turned out like my mom and I marvel at some of her dishes. I never was able to cook that way, I need directions.

      For my daughters wedding I got with some of the family to get their prized dishes that my daughter loved growing up and made my daughter a family cookbook. Finally, I HAVE my mothers' dressing receipe.

      This book/cookbook really sounds special and would love to add it to my cookbook collection.

    • Tburch

      My mama was the one that I got my cooking from. I actually started cooking full meals when I was probably about 12 or 13. When I would come home from school it was my responsibilty to get supper started and have it basically finished by the time my parents got off of work. To this day my mama loves to try new recipes. I'm the say way. If I go to a restuarant and try a new item, I will do my best to reconstruct that recipe and I get really close to it being the same. My mama is the same way. It was my mama who taught me how to make homemade biscuits and chicken & dumplings. But of no one can ever cook like you mama.

    • Caroline G.

      I would so appreciate a copy of this book. I honestly learned how to cook from the internet and asking lots of questions of others. I still have a long way to go, but am doing my best to branch out and make new things.

      Blessings!

    • Lauren @ten23designs

      I learned the most about cooking from my father. Not only did he teach me the fundamentals of cooking, and many recipes, he also taught me not to be afraid of trying new things and experimenting… that is how good recipes are made.

    • Christielriker

      I enjoy cooking so much. I really have learned from my mom and grandmother, but I truly didn't enjoy it until i was married with kids. I always welcome new recipes and ideas! Thank you!

      Christie R

    • Alycia M

      This book sounds wonderful! Growing up, I was never really taught to cook. So there has been a whole lot of trial and error! However, my husband is a good cook and he learned from the best…my mom-in-law! I've learned the most about cooking, food and family from her. Thank you for sharing this with us! :)

    • Nannynix

      My dad taught me more about learning to cook than anyone. I was the only one in my family who loved to cook. He ate every thing I made, blue cakes, runny pies, cakes with baking soda instead of baking powder. His encouragement helped me not to give up. I became a Home Economics teach and never forgot his happy face when i brought him my latest dish.

    • kathy

      my mom

    • Purple_green

      I learned to cook from my grandmother, who I never saw refer to a recipe book. She was from Wales and was sent away at age 14 to work “in service”. She was a kitchen maid, then cook's assistant and later cook in the house of the Duke of Worcester, so she learned from experience there. I so wish I had taken the time to write down all her recipes and stories and make a book from them – the stories of living in such a grand house and cooking for the gentry were amazing – as was her cooking.

    • Monica

      There have been two people that taught me about cooking, my mother and grandmother. My mother truly invented (in my mind) the concept of create a meal, she would put stuff together that we were sure we wouldn't eat but it would be delicious. My grandmother cooked everyday and Sunday dinners were always the best. I think I got my passion for baking from her. She made the best sour cream pound cake!!

    • Jessicajones611

      My mother and grandma taught me most of what I know about cooking. I do a lot more diverse things since then, but the core of what I know comes from them. I love to cook and find new recipes!

    • Tbrown3093

      My grandmother taught me the most about cooking. She was an excellent cook!

    • ehenderson

      My Grammy taught me the most about cooking; cooking is about love and family!

    • PatMc

      I learned the most about cooking from my mother, of course! I would love to have a copy of Christy's new cookbook

    • Gwen A.

      My grandmother and my mom!…this book is how I grew up…would love to have a copy.

    • M_meszaros

      My father taught and past down his passion for food. He became a self taught chef which turned into him being a restaurant owner. I love cooking and I will pass down that same feeling to my daughter. Which at 10 she is already learning the basics…

    • 1bulldawg

      My Wonderful Uncle George moved in with our family when I was about 7. My Aunt had passed away & he had heart problems. He was a cook on a ship with the US Army for 20 years, after which, he ran a bakery for another bunch of years. Mama & Daddy worked, BUT Uncle George was always at home & in the Kitchen. He was a calm, gentle, patient man. He loved to share his experences of life, How I needed to always minister to others, and His In Depth Love & Knowledge of the Kitchen. He made EVERTHING from scratch. You would enter our home & the smells were overwhelming. A typical Fall evening would be; His wonderful Stuffed Cabbage, Califlower Cheese Aujouir, Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes {twice baked}, Warm Cider. Of Course, Pumpkin Pies.{ the “s” on the end of pies because, with his background, he could NEVER make 1 of anything}….there would be 4 or 5 pies. Everyday, there were different sweets; {he said, “this was a Must to a complete day”}. OH YES, I can Never remember a day when we did not have several kinds of cookies. Of course, we had to “Minister” to our neighbors, friends & relatives with all the Extras. This is a Great “Memory Span” of my life. Uncle George died of Heart Failure, when I was 12 yrs old.

      But, all the love & time he invested in my life, is still with me forever.

      Thank you for giving me the chance, to share my love & appreciation of my first cooking experiences

    • Jenn1222

      my mom is a wonderful cook… she is still teaching me about cooking. i call her almost everyday for recipe ideas or questions. thanks for the great giveaway.

    • Mstanislaus

      My Grandmother taught me. I lost my mother at a very young age and so she would live with us M-F and she would have us pull a chair up to the counter and away we went. Her oatmeal cookies are one of my foundest memories.

    • Jerricalea

      My grandmother who raised me… and is helping to rear my kids…

    • Laurengp1

      There are many wonderful Southern cooks in my family ; I really can't name just one! Special occasions in our family are celebrated with special food. I've learned so much about cooking and entertaining from my grandmothers, mother, aunts, and sister!

    • Debbie

      The most wonderful mother in this universe has taught me how to cook~ I lost my mother 7 years ago and my pappy also miss them sooo much and has taught me so much about cooking from the north~ and I'm living there tradtion in the south~

    • Sara

      My grandmother…..she made homemade EVERYTHING! I only wish that I had learned more from her….there are many things that she made that I have no clue how to recreate.

    • Rhondasevier

      This recipe book sounds amazing. I love trying new recipes that have southern flair. Actually, I never had any one to teach me how to cook. I taught myself and learned tips, etc after I got married to my husband. I think I am great at baking……but am learning every week something new about cooking. I'd love to be the winner of this cookbook, thanks for your consideration!

    • My mom taught me the most about cooking. As a little girl, I would always put on my apron and pull up a chair to the kitchen counter to “help” her cook family meals!!

    • LauraP

      My mom taught me everything I know about cooking!

    • Kubachan

      My mom and grandma taught me how to cook.

    • Anne

      My mom! She has the best recipes and taught me everything I know!

    • Zacknlyn

      I learned how to cook from my Mom, a great cook. When she cooked it, it always tasted so much better than mine. Now that she is 92 and legally blind with Macular Degeneration, she gets frustrated that she can't do many things, cooking is especially hard for her. But she still tries hard to cook for herself, as she lives alone over 100 miles away from me and my sister. When I am with her, I cook her favorite things, and so does my sister so that she doesn't feel like she can never enjoy them anymore.

    • momof3

      I learned how to cook fromy my mom and both of my grandmothers. They are all 3 great cooks and some of my fondest memories are in the kitchen with them. I now have 3 children and can't wait to make memories with them in the kitchen. Reading and collecting cookbooks are one of my favorite hobbies. So it would be great to win a copy of this new cookbook.

    • kmorrow

      My mom taught me so much about cooking!

    • tonda c

      my grandmother taught me everything i know

    • neenah

      My mom…she's a great cook!

    • Erin

      Believe it or not, my husband has taught me alot about cooking!

    • Chaspowell

      My grandmother taught me how to cook and I am passing that down to my daughter.

    • Donnabowes

      My Mom, and I wish I had learned more before she left…..

    • Lorrie

      I learned to cook from my awesome mother.

    • Melia

      I wish I could name somebody, but nobody at my house cooked very much. I am trying to change that in my home. I guess that makes me a self-taught cook, thanks to good cookbooks, the internet, and cooking magazines.

    • Emyoung87coupons

      My Nana (grandma) taught me the most about cooking. When I was around ten years old, she very patiently taught me how to make pies and pie crusts from scratch. She gave me a professional rolling pin and was always “on call” when I was making pies on my own for my many questions. Just a few weeks ago, I made an apple pie and used her handwritten recipe. It is weathered (and a lot of pie ingredients have been spilled on it over the years) but I can't bring myself to transfer the recipe to a fresh new recipe card. That card has too many good memories of baking with my Nana.

    • mimsyy

      I learned to cook from my Grammy, Grandpa, my big sister, a few friends, and years upon years of watching food tv!

    • Sara

      I learned to cook from my mother. I grew up in Hawaii and we had a hurricane come through and I was so amazed that my mom could cook us gourmet meals even though we lost electricity for 4 weeks! She is amazing and can make great meals with very little to work with.

    • Dupchurch2

      I learned to cook from my Grandma. She was an awesome cook and could take almost nothing and make it delicious. She taught me to can vegetables, preserve fruits and how to put a complete meal on the table. I feel like she is present when I cook some of our family favorites. I guess I really have some great food memories. You could always count on a cake in her cake box. My son has a love for cooking as well. He is a newlywed and the primary cook in the house.

    • Jodie

      I learned most of my cooking skills from my very precious Momma. The remainder came from just trying things myself. That's how most recipes are created isn't it ?

      Momma's in heaven now but I'll always treasure the times we spent together in the kitchen. Those times instilled a love of cooking in me that will never die.

    • Jwilson1

      Like most people…from my mom!!!

    • JennCo

      My grandmother taught me the most about cooking. There was so much love put into every meal she made.

    • Barbara

      My husband’s grandmother!!
      ricettebarbare@gmail.com

    • JoJo6449

      I learned a lot about cooking from my mom but she died when I was 14. I sorta just taught myself after that – I really have learned a lot from the Food and Cooking channels and websites like SouthernPlate.com

    • Amymmhc

      My Grandma…from the garden to the table. growing, picking, canning, preserving, baking and serving…She was the best!

    • Proclosercc

      My husband's grandmother(Ma Goie) true southern hospitality and cooking to die for. She never gave up everything about her recipes, but I think she did that so it would make us try harder to get it perfect and for us not to forget about how important it was that food brings family together

    • S7spen

      I learned to cook on my own. My mother didn't like anybody dirtying up her kitchen but I guess I did learn some just by watching her. My husband was the guinea pig while I was learning how to cook!! I guess I've done okay because I never hear complaints from my husband or our five children. I'm teaching the children how to cook so they'll know how when they're out on their own.

    • Tsgkrn

      My MIL taught me the most about cooking. She never uses a cookbook, she just knows how to cook and it is always good.

    • Janet

      I learned alot about cooking from my Mom. Over the years, I have picked up more tips from other family members. Some of the best cooks in our family never use a recipe but I have written many of them down so that they can be passed on to my daughter.

    • Mcamanda5

      Cooking in my family is a rite of passage. My mother and her 3 sisters are all fabolous cooks as well as my grandmothers. We cook from memory. Southern cooking is becoming a lost art in my opinion. How many of our youth will know how to cook collards, cracklin bread, yams, fried chicken, etc. in the future. My mother always took the time to make it home made with love and I am careful to carry on those traditions with my own children.

    • Debbye

      Is it wrong of me to say “Food Network”? That's where I learned how to cook.

    • Linda K.

      I learned the most from Rachael Ray. Her “30 minute meals” has taught me SO MUCH.

    • Melinda Castels

      My granny taught me the most about cooking. She had her signature dishes Coconut cake, pineapple cake, mac n cheese casserole, squash casserole and of course homemade vegetable soup. Growing up next door to her, summers were spent in the garden picking all the fresh vegetables. I watched her as she canned and froze. She passed away this year. I have special memories of sitting with her on Saturday and Sundays watching cooking shows. She was a very special woman.

    • Moomoo1771

      Believe it or not, I didn't like cooking until recently. My 8 year old daughter loves the Food Network and got me started watching it and she has taught me a lot and now I like cooking!

    • Vicky

      My husband. He loves to cook and has really inspired me to want to learn more.

    • Kristy

      My dad. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Kjspooh

      Who better to learn from than my mom?

    • Hornsby

      My grandmother taught me about cooking and having fun doing it.

    • Jllawlor

      My southern grandmother!

    • Emily S.

      My mother in law is a GREAT!! cook (and so is her mom) and I have really learned alot from her!

    • T2nashville

      Hope I got in on the contest in time! My Mom taught me everything I know – along with the Food Network!

    • Janice

      Just now seeing this, we went camping this weekend!!
      My Mama taught me everything I know about cooking.
      She died a year and a half ago and I really miss being able to pick up the phone and ask her if I have questions. :(

    • Mims

      My mom has always been a great cook & I learned much from her growing up. I've also been blessed with a long line of great cooks including my grandmothers and mother-in-law. In true southern fashion, our gatherings are centered around delicious meals lovingly prepared in anticipation of warm fellowship with family and friends.

    • Tammyla

      My mom. I watched her cooking for our family growing up. And she was always willing to let me help out

    • Sherilturner

      my mom!

    • Telida Lovell

      My granmother taught me alot about cooking. I can remember watching her make homemade biscuits. She was like a potter making a beautiful dish of flour. She always told stories or had life discussions with you while she was working in the kitchen. I miss her so much, and I am so thankful I had her to watch cook. It gave me the drive to want to learn more and be creative with my own cooking.

    • Fieldjean

      who are the winnders?

    • April_vereb

      This is probably closed by now, but just in case…watching my grandmother taught me alot, but Food Network has taught me alot as well!

    • Amy L.

      I spent one summer with my dad's mom (Grandma Strad) and she was awesome! She used to own her own restaurant and would dream up recipes when she couldn't sleep! She was the best!

    • Glenda Thompson

      Who won ?

    • Brandi L

      My Mom!!! Thanks.

    • Rita C

      my grandmother – we actually did a family cookbook 10 years ago and had a picture of her on the front from when she was first married. My hometown does a cook of the week article each week and my daughter entered me in August 2010 – we did a four generation picture with my grandmother, mother, daughter and me. My grandmother was holding the cookbook. She passed away a couple of weeks later and I am so glad my daughter had requested the article. My grandmother so deserved to have been in it. When she was growing up times were hard and she talked about not always having a lot to eat when she was little. So, that was the one thing she did — she always made sure she had plenty cooked for anyone that stopped by her house — she was known for her cooking and making people happy with it. Times with her in the kitchen can not be replaced.

    • Darlene Harris

      Dar Dar H. writes that my mother died when I was 16 years old so had very little experiance for cooking. I pretty much taught myself with the help of my dear mother-in-law. When I joined my church 12 years ago I had a dear friend the I use to work with, who now is my Sister In Christ. I started spending a lot of time with her and she and I would cook together for church meetings. She is a fantastic cook. She has taught me so much about good ole Southern cooking. When I came across your website and heard about your cookbook, I couldn't wait to one. I've started using your recipes alot.

    • Ttolea

      I come from a family of seven children. My mother was an early widow at the age of 32. I was 7 and from then on I watched my mother put amazing meals together on basically nothing. As we got older, I loved to help her in the kitchen and learn all I could and the love I felt when I was able to recreate her “magic”. She was my best friend. This Christmas will be 5 years without her and the years don't make it any better. But when I can create “magic” and have my younger brother over with his wife and children (they live the closest), it makes me feel like she's kind of still with me. I would love to have the opportunity of introducing some new things into the family and teaching my nephew, who I raise, how to feel a bit of his Grams in the kitchen.