can anyone recommend a good, locally themed cookbook that i can get to take back to a michigan wedding this weekend?
Vegetable heavy preferred (little to no fried) and simple.
it can be Virginia themed or have a Virginia story (Richard, Andres, Inn at Little Washington...). Not Andres Tapas book.
Edna Lewis: A Taste of Country Cooking and In Pursuit of Flavor.
Or you could get a historical /fun book if your giftee is so inclined.
Marion Cabell Tyree's Housekeeping in Old Virginia is a great read and a fascinating look into the past.
Others are the Robert E Lee Family Cooking and Housekeeping Book and Thomas Jefferson's Cookbook.
The Congressional Club Cookbook's 14th edition has recently been published. It's always an interesting collection of recipes from Presidents, Cabinet Members, Senators and Congressmen - and their wives, of course - and it's been published since 1927.
Like all collections, some of the recipes are much better than others and a few are downright clunkers.
Can't think of any that are much more "local" than this one for our really "local" industry.
There are a couple of good Junior League cookbooks for the Tidewater area. In general, traditional Virginia food and the foods of the Upper South are terribly under-appreciated.
This should be just what your looking for. Monica Bhide is a local food blogger and writer. She writes A Life of Spice
Here's her Indian Cookbook. I have it and it's great-lots of veggie dishes and easy to follow.
I also have The Virginia Bed and Breakfast Cookbook, which would be a nice gift for newlyweds.