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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Wilbert Jones  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1964 in Clarksdale, Mississippi

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Illinois Connection

I was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, but have lived in Chicago, Illinois since 1977. I attended to Percy L. Julian High School and Loyola University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wilbert Jones is a Food Product Developer, Marketing Consultant, TV Host of Food/Travel Programs, and Cookbook Author.Jones attended the Ecole de Gastronomic Francaise Ritz-Escoffier in Paris, France and has worked in food technologies since 1985 when he was a food scientist at Kraft Foods in Glenview, Illinois. In 1993, he ventured out on his own and founded the Chicago-based food and beverage product development company, Healthy Concepts, Inc. Since 1998, Jones has been a contributing editor for ''Prepared Foods Magazine'' and a Freelance Special Features and Lifestyle writer for (Black Entertainment Television). In 2001, Jones delivered the commencement speech at Kendall College of Culinary Arts, in Evanston, Illinois and was inducted into the prestigious Les amis d’Escoffier Society of Chicago in 2002. The host of the PBS television series, Healthy Heritage Kitchen in 2008, Jones has also written four cookbooks and is co-author of ''Images of America: Chicago’s Gold Coast''. In 2012, his Healthy Concepts company was renamed The Wilbert Jones Company, Inc.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The new soul food cookbook :
ISBN: 1559723173. OCLC Number:

Carol Pub. Group,. Secaucus, NJ :. ©1996.

The down home pleasures of soul food no longer have to be off-limits because of excess fat, cholesterol, sugar and salt. The New Soul Food Cookbook offers a new look at tradition African American cuisine and provides contemporary version of 99 recipes--all with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and prepared with leaner meats, egg whites, less (or no) oil, nonfat dairy products, less sodium and fewer calories (Taken from inside front jacket.).

Mama's tea cakes :
ISBN: 1559724641. OCLC Number:

Carol Pub. Group,. Secaucus, N.J. :. ©1998.

The new soul food cookbook :
ISBN: 0806526947. OCLC Number:

Citadel Press,. New York, N.Y. :. 2005.

Smothered Southern foods /
ISBN: 0806527455. OCLC Number:

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Chicago's Gold Coast /
ISBN: 0738591777. OCLC Number:

Arcadia Pub.,. Charleston, S.C. :. ©2012.

What was once described as an undesirable swampland has been transformed into one of the most beautiful and wealthiest neighborhoods in America. Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, developed in the late 1800s, was first called the Astor Street District. It was named after one of the first multimillionaires in the United States, John Jacob Astor--even though Astor never lived in Chicago. In 1885, Astor Street District's first mansion was built. Potter Palmer, a dry goods merchant and owner of the Palmer House Hotel, built his palatial, castle-like residence on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Banks Street; inside the Palmer mansion were 42 lavishly furnished rooms, which required 26 servants to maintain. Many wealthy Chicagoans followed Palmer's lead and built mansions in the neighborhood. Several homes took up an entire city block and, as time progressed, the name Gold Coast was adopted. On January 30, 1978, the entire Gold Coast district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


  • Purple Reflection Award - National Council of Negro Women 1997,
  • The New Soul Food Cookbook

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    For speaking engagements or special book events contact Wilbert Jones at 312-335-0031 or visit