Cooking In High Cotton
is an exceptional cookbook compiled by the non-profit organization, Georgia Cotton Women, which conducts programs of research, promotion, and education for Georgia’s cotton procedures. While the group encourages working to preserve agriculture, the main mission of the group is to promote the wonderful qualities of cotton and to educate our children and our communities that cotton truly is a miracle of nature, with slogans like “Cotton Counts” and Cotton IS “The Fabric of Our Lives.”
A valuable resource for entertaining, this book will help you serve delectable meals to your guests while cultivating an interest in different aspects of cotton.. From the simple to elegant, from glamorous to “down home” cuisine, this book has it all. In addition to the variety of over 400 taste-tested recipes, the book includes more than 35 anecdotes of cotton history, collected nationally from producers and researchers in the cotton industry.
This hardcover book is a deluxe lay-flat, fully concealed wire binding designed with easy-to-read type, helpful hints, concise directions and a cross-referenced section index to allow you to easily find the best recipe for each occasion. This book is a must read for the experienced cook and the beginner alike and is a great value for the price.
The book is a valuable resource for the more food-focused readers, who will appreciate its great variety of recipes, selected by their members in taste-testings for this great book. In this 304 page volume, the reader will find chapters that include Appetizers and Beverages, Breads, Cakes & Frostings, Candies, Cookies, Desserts and Pies, Entrees (Beef, Venison, Pasta, Pork, Poultry, Seafood), Salads and Dressings, Soups & Stews, Vegetables & Side Dishes, and finally a unique chapter labeled Everything Else which includes dips, marinades, jellies, sauces, pickles, relishes, and even a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich. The book closes with an easy-reading cross referenced index.
While reading through the book's many tempting recipes, readers will find themselves pausing to muse over historical facts about cotton and its importance in the world. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to fund scholarships to the children of Georgia Cotton Women members and others involved in the cotton industry.
HISTORY OF GEORGIA COTTON WOMEN, INC.
In 1985, two wives of cotton farmers from the Mississippi Delta became alarmed at the lack of cotton clothes “made in the USA” in their closets. They began a movement that evolved into the “grown and Made in the USA, It Matters”campaign of the National Cotton Women’s Committee of the National Cotton Council.
Julie Murphy from brooks Country, Georgia, attended a fashion show sponsored by this group at the Beltwide Cotton Conference and became interested in organizing a Cotton Women’s group in Georgia. She solicited the help of Bardee Underwood of the National Cotton Council and at a meeting in Quitman in the fall of 1989, Georgia Cotton Wives was born. A year or so later the name was changed to Georgia Cotton Women to be more closely aligned with the national group. The group was later incorporated by the State of Georgia as a non-profit, educational group.
This group of volunteers spread the “Cotton” word throughout the state by organizing and presenting fashion shows, setting up exhibits at conventions, trade shows, state fairs, festivals, and the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo. The members participate in mall promotions, present programs to school children, distribute teaching kits to schools and extension groups across the state, and speak at civic groups. Members appear on radio and television. They even produced a television commercial promoting cotton and featuring members and their families. The group is headquartered in Moultrie, Georgia, in Colquitt County, one of the state’s leading cotton-producing counties, but members come from all across the state, from cotton producing counties large and small.
The work of Georgia Cotton Women is financed with funds from the Georgia Cotton Commission which conducts programs of research, promotion, and education for Georgia’s cotton procedures. Funding for the Commission’s programs come from $1.00 per bale paid by Georgia’s cotton producers. Through the benevolence of a producer/ginner, Georgia Cotton Women annually awards the Mobley scholarship to the son or daughter of a Georgia cotton producer. Through proceeds of this cookbook, a scholarship is presented annually to a child of anyone involved in the cotton industry, with priority given to children of members.
While the group encourages working to preserve agriculture in general and promotes a sense of camaraderie among it’s members, the main mission of the group is to promote the wonderful qualities of cotton and to educate our children and our communities that “Cotton Counts,” it is a miracle of nature, and it IS “The Fabric of Our Lives.”