Edna Lewis was an African American chef during a time in the 1940s when female chefs were a rarity and is one of the most important women in the history of American food. She elevated Southern cuisine and played a huge part in the preservation of its traditions and techniques. She believed in using local, seasonal ingredients and was a seminal figure in farm-to-table eating long before it became the movement we know it as today. "For Edna, the goal was to coax the best flavor from each ingredient, and the reward was the taste and satisfaction of a delicious meal."
Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie is a beautiful account of how Edna grew up on her grandfather’s farm—living off the land, growing fruits and vegetables, foraging, harvesting and cooking traditional Southern food. The back matter includes an author's note with key details about Edna's life and recipes inspired by her work: strawberry shortcake, corn pudding, apple crisp, pecan drops and nut-butter squares.