COMMEMORATE: Edna Goes Postal
Edna Lewis rose from proudly humble beginnings in Orange County to become a Manhattan chef, author of the seminal cookbook The Taste of Country Cooking, and all-around icon to devotees of seasonally focused Southern food.
Now Lewis, who passed away in 2006, is being further honored as one of five influential chefs depicted in a new series of “Celebrity Chefs” stamps issued by the United States Postal Service. Lewis and the other chefs (James Beard, Joyce Chen, Julia Child, and Felipe Rojas- Lombardi) were selected to represent a wide array of cuisines reflecting the melting pot of American culture. While food has been represented on previous USPS stamps, this is the first time they have recognized food personalities.
“Edna Lewis brought quintessential dishes— such as shrimp and grits and roast chicken—to the plates of trendy restaurants,” commented Susan McGowan, USPS director for stamp services and corporate licensing.
The stamps went on sale September 26, the same day as an official unveiling ceremony in Chicago that was attended by Lewis’ sister and Orange County resident Ruth Lewis Smith. So you can now use one to mail Lewis’ famous fried chicken recipe to a friend.