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Wilbert Jones

Born: 1964 in Clarksdale, Mississippi
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: 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.

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

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers

Wilbert Jones on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Chicago's Gold Coast
ISBN: 9780738591773 OCLC: 778421297

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.

Mama's tea cakes :
ISBN: 1559724641 OCLC: 38430380

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

Smothered southern foods
ISBN: 9780806531557 OCLC: 863228625

Kensington Books, New York : 2013.

Jones continues to be the master at creating dishes to excite your taste buds. Delicious!--Donna Hodge, food editor, N'DIGO magapaper Crawfish 'touf'e, Chicken Fried Steak, Creamed Spinach, Mixed Berry Cobbler. . .Is your mouth watering yet' These decadent, flavor-rich dishes are part of the long Southern tradition of smothered foods. Rooted in the author's upbringing and peppered throughout with personal anecdotes, Smothered Southern Foods explains the simple art of smothering as nothing more complicated than covering one food with another food or sauce, while baking or braising the dish in a covered skillet or pot. Vegetables, meats, and even desserts can be smothered, and the results are any food lover's delight. With tips on buying and storing vegetables, easy-to-follow directions and serving suggestions, and recipes for 105 mouthwatering favorites, Smothered Southern Foods is a delicious way to bring the true taste of the South into your own home, the way Southern chefs have cooked for generations. Foods that bring us comfort and are just darn good!--Art Smith, bestselling author of Back to the Table Includes scrumptious recipes for these smothered classics: Creamed Onions Buttered Kale Fricassee of Clams Sole in White Wine Sauce Chicken and Rice Pepper Steak Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Rum-Raisin Pears . . .And many more! Finger-licking meals for a new generation of soul food lovers.--Retha Hill, vice president of Content, Wilbert Jones is the president of Healthy Concepts, Inc., a Chicago-based food and beverage product development company, founded in 1993. He attended the 'cole de Gastronomie Fran'aise Ritz-Escoffier in Paris, and was a food scientist at Kraft Foods. In 2002 he was inducted into the prestigious Les Amis d'Escoffier Society of Chicago. Jones is also a contributing editor for Prepared Foods Magazine and a freelance special features writer for Black Entertainment Television's website. Wilbert's inspiration for cooking came from his grandmother Ruth Randle, who was one of the best cooks in Mississippi. Smothered Southern Foods is filled with special recipes and stories about Jones' childhood and recent meals prepared for his family and friends.

Smothered Southern foods /
ISBN: 0806527455 OCLC: 70208583

The healthy soul food cookbook :
ISBN: 0806518634 OCLC: 35961356

Carol Pub. Group, Secaucus, N.J. : 1997.

The new soul food cookbook :
ISBN: 1559723173 OCLC: 32546885

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.).

The new soul food cookbook :
ISBN: 0806526947 OCLC: 71146680

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