Virginia Willis

"Good and Good for You" now in the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Every other week you can look for simple healthy recipes made with 5 or so accessible ingredients. It’s how I eat at home, mostly a Mediterranean diet with a Southern drawl and worldly awareness. 😉


“Good and Good for You is a new biweekly column devoted to healthy cooking, written by Virginia Willis, chef and James Beard Award-winning cookbook author. Read it every other Wednesday at and in the Food & Dining section of the printed Sunday edition.”

– Ligaya Figueras, Senior Editor, Food and Dining 

Here’s a link to all of my work with the AJC, including the new Good and Good for You column.

The FREE weekly Good and Good for You Living newsletter will contain links to the column plus an additional recipe, best life living tip, self-care technique, and inspiration from reliable experts.

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Lighten Up, Y'all is now available in paperback!

Cover of Lighten Up, Y'all the James Beard Award-winning book by Chef Virginia Willis

Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome has been revised and is now out in paperback! 

Check out what these great folks had to say: 

“As a Southerner, I appreciate that Virginia makes real Southern food with real ingredients. A natural teacher, Virginia helps to dispel the myth that all Southern food is fatty and not good for you. She also reminds us that being healthy isn’t always about saying no-her delicious recipes are all about making good choices and saying yes!” – Carla Hall, Food Network Celebrity Chef and author of Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration

Virginia Willis’s passion for the Southern food she grew up with, her top-notch culinary expertise, and her personal journey to be healthier have culminated in this wonderful book, which celebrates the fresh diversity of Southern cooking. With one incredible recipe after another, it is a real gift for health-minded food lovers!” 
Ellie Krieger MS, RD, host of PBS series Real Good Food and author of Whole in One


Chef Virginia Willis

Chef Virginia Willis is a James Beard award-winning cookbook author, famous Southern chef, television personality, content creator, motivational speaker, and social media influencer. Learn more…

Recently, her culinary work has been inspired by her health journey and chef weight loss success story. Virginia has lost 65# and kept it off for over 3 years.  Her story has been featured in the AARPEating Well, and the Rachael Ray Show. 

Good and Good For You is a real-life approach to health and wellness initiated by my own experiences with weight loss. I’ve lost 65# and kept it off for more than 3 years. In the process, I realized it was about HEALTH GAIN, not WEIGHT LOSS. And, health gain is rooted in all kinds of consumption, not just food and drink.

Good and Good for You offers the tools, encouragement, and support to empower folks to live a better life.
In each post you’ll find:
  • healthful recipes
  • best-life living tips
  • self-care techniques
  • idea and inspiration from reliable sources and experts across the health and wellness space.

Click on the images below to access recent posts or HERE . 

Bon Appétit Y’all!

Virginia Willis