OLD-TIME RECIPES NOT FORGOTTEN

2004 brings out bevy of books from or about South’s best kitchens
KATHLEEN PURVIS -Food Editor

YOU’RE COOKIN’ IT COUNTRY

By Loretta Lynn (Rutledge Hill Press, $24.99)

Back on the charts with “Van Lear Rose,” produced by Jack White of White Stripe, Lynn has entered a new phase of her career. And after so many losses, from husband Doolittle to friends Johnny and June Carter Cash, she has a right to get sentimental.

So when Lynn sat down to write her recipes for her kids, she ended up with so many stories that it became a cookbook.

I usually avoid celebrity cookbooks — just because you can sing or act doesn’t mean you can cook. But give Loretta credit. She won a whole chestful of blue ribbons for canning back in Washington state, before she became a star. She fed a family of six kids. And then, there were all those Crisco commercials. She really knows how to cook.