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Author Jacquelyn W. Gibson Launches Down Home Cooking: Ward Family Recipes, A Collection of Southern Cooking Traditions for Any Occasion

DOWN HOME COOKING – WARD FAMILY RECIPES is a collection the traditional Southern recipes authored and edited by Jacquelyn W. Gibson. Many the of the recipes have been passed down by family members over several generations: some dating back more than a hundred years. 

This cookbook provides readers with the opportunity to share in food and fellowship with family and friends, creating treasured memories and celebrating annual traditions. Many of the recipes that have been refined and updated to meet modern eating preferences. 

“I hope that “Down Home Cooking” adds to the role that food has played in the culinary journey of African Americans in this country.”

In addition, this cookbook provides the basic methods of cooking, such as simple substitutions, measuring equivalents, food safety and other pro tips to support both the beginner and the experienced cook.

Many of the recipes in DOWN HOME COOKING – WARD FAMILY RECIPES are a journey in African American culinary history. The native ingredients and flavor profiles come from rich tradition of foods that were brought across the Atlantic Ocean by our ancestors from the continent of Africa.

“Every meal is an opportunity for producing something great. I hope this collection of recipes will inspire you to create and make a lot of great meals for your family and friends.”

This book is more than just another cookbook – it is a tribute to the rich history of southern cooking, family traditions, treasured memories, and the art of preparing great food.

About Jacquelyn W. Gibson

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Jacquelyn Ward Gibson is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, where she grew up around many amazing cooks. Those influences inspired her to attend Tuskegee University. At Tuskegee she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Administration and a Master of Science degree in Public Health Nutrition.

Her professional career began when she moved to Miami, Florida, where she worked as an Extension Agent in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences for 26 years. 

Additionally, Jacquelyn had a parallel career as co-owner of Royale Catering Services with her husband, Richard for several years.

DOWN HOME COOKING – WARD FAMILY RECIPES was recently published at Mill City Press. The cookbook is available for purchase on and for the cost of $29.50 for the soft cover, and $9.99 for the e-book. You may also purchase the book directly through the author at a 30% discount. To place your direct order, or for more information, please visit

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Ward Family
(888) 566-4228

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