Reviews of Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook

"Mollie Cox Bryan has written a cookbook that reads practically like a novel about the famous diner in Staunton and its compelling owner, Mildred Rowe."—B.P. Fox, Style Weekly, Richmond Va.

"Whether you are Southern or wish you were, this book is guaranteed to
fill your heart and your tummy with the comfort that defines Southern
cuisine," —Taste of the South Magazine

"So whether you are a food lover looking for insight into the real working life lived by independent restaurant operators, a cooking enthusiast looking for a great spoon bread recipe or an operator yourself looking for inspiration, this heart warming book will be well worth the read." —Cheftalk.com

"Bryan hit the nail on the head when she wrote that comfort food was the best way to sum up the food and the feeling one gets at Rowe’s. You know a place is special when you can order a grilled cheese sandwich with a side order of macaroni and cheese."
—Steve Biehn, Ardmoreite.com, "Comfort food hasn’t gone completely out of style."

"Most of all, I love that this book captures the real meat of life, not just its gravy," — Lily Binns, Saveur Magazine

"It’s a challenge to tell the story of someone’s life in between recipes for cornbread and Alabama biscuits, but this cookbook is very successful, without sacrificing either the recipes or the story."—Theresa Curry, Daily News Record

Bryan’s thoughtfully written portrait of the late Mildred Rowe, one of 12 children who grew up on an isolated farm in Virginia and through hard work and attention to detail built a destination restaurant, adds to the charm. The book includes black-and-white and color photos of finished dishes and of the Rowe family through the years. Elizabeth Lee, Cox Media

Filled with stories and photographs, the cookbook reads like a memoir and makes you hungry for more. Cooking with Amy Food Blog

"Sometimes recipes produce more than a good meal; they bring history to life. Such is the case with the Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook: A Lifetime of Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley…This evocative cookbook tells the story of a single mother who helped start a restaurant in Staunton, Va., in the 1940s." Country Living magazine

"Bryan hit the nail on the head when she wrote that comfort food was the best way to sum up the food and the feeling one gets at Rowe’s. You know a place is special when you can order a grilled cheese sandwich with a side order of macaroni and cheese."
—Steve Biehn, Ardmoreite.com, "Comfort food hasn’t gone completely out of style."

In Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook, Mollie Cox Bryan not only presents the food that made Mrs. Rowe’s famous, but also tells the story of a determined woman who provided food, pleasure and a home away from home for so many people.—Michael Hastings, Winston-Salem Journal