Wilbert Jones

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General Information

Name: Wilbert Jones

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction

Born: 1964 in Clarksdale, Mississippi


Website: www.thewilbertjonescompany.com

Email: joneswilbert@aol.com


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 BET.com (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.

Published Works

The New Soul Food Cookbook, Carol Publishing Group, 1996

Mama Tea Cakes, Carol Publishing Group, 1998

The New Soul Food Cookbook Revised, Citadel Press, 2005

Smothered Southern Foods, Citadel Press, 2006

Images of America: Chicago's Gold Coast, Arcadia Publishing, 2012 - written with Kathleen Willis-Morton and Maureen O'Brien

Chicago's Gold Coast Historic Post Cards, Arcadia Publishing, 2012 - written with Kathleen Willis-Morton and Maureen O'Brien, photography by Bob Dowey

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The New Soul Food Cookbook: Healthier Recipes for Traditional Favorites

ISBN: 1559723173
Release Date: 2000-06-01

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Mama's Tea Cakes: 101 Soul Food Desserts

ISBN: 1559724641
Release Date: 2000-06-01

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The New Soul Food Cookbook: Healthier Recipes for Traditional Favorites

ISBN: 0806526947
Release Date: 2005-07-01

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Smothered Southern Foods

ISBN: 0806527455
Release Date: 2006-05-01

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Chicago's Gold Coast (Images of America)

ISBN: 0738591777
Release Date: 2012-07-09

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Chicago's Gold Coast (Postcards of America)

ISBN: 0738594059
Release Date: 2012-07-09

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Literary Awards

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


Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

For speaking engagements or special book events: contact Wilbert Jones at 312-335-0031 or visit www.thewilbertjonescompany.com.

External Links

Wilbert Jones on WorldCat

Wilbert Jones on Amazon

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