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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Wilbert Jones  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1964 in Clarksdale, Mississippi

Sites:


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 Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

The New Soul Food Cookbook: Healthier Recipes for Traditional Favorites
ISBN: 1559723173

Citadel. 2000

A collection of more than one hundred soul food dishes, including appetizers, breads, entrees, desserts, and much more, offers traditional African-American fare with a difference, as it shows how to prepare delicious meals with healthy low-fat ingredients.

Mama's Tea Cakes: 101 Soul Food Desserts
ISBN: 1559724641

Citadel. 2000

A mouthwatering, fully illustrated, and easy-to-follow cookbook offers a new look at traditional African-American desserts, including recipes for delicious cakes, savory pies, tasty cookies, and many other sweet treats.

The New Soul Food Cookbook: Healthier Recipes for Traditional Favorites
ISBN: 0806526947

Citadel. 2005

A collection of more than one hundred soul food dishes, including appetizers, breads, entrees, desserts, and much more, offers traditional African-American fare with a difference, as it shows how to prepare delicious meals with healthy low-fat ingredients.

Smothered Southern Foods
ISBN: 0806527455

Citadel. 2006

"Jones continues to be the master at creating dishes to excite your taste buds. Delicious!" --Donna Hodge, food editor, N'DIGO magapaper

Crawfish Étoufée, 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, BET.com

Wilbert Jones is the president of Healthy Concepts, Inc., a Chicago-based food and beverage product development company, founded in 1993. He attended the École de Gastronomie Française 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.

Chicago's Gold Coast (Images of America)
ISBN: 0738591777

Arcadia Publishing. 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.

Chicago's Gold Coast (Postcards of America)
ISBN: 0738594059

Arcadia Publishing. 2012

Chicago's Gold Coast boasts a rich history.


Awards

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