Just a Few Miles South-Cookbook by Ouita Michel
Just a Few Miles South-Cookbook by Ouita Michel
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Note to those who still need to pick up preordered cookbooks:

If you ordered a book for pickup and now prefer that the book be shipped, the cost is $6 per book. Please call (859) 403-2040 during weekday business hours with a credit card number, or mail a check made out to Holly Hill Inn to Holly Hill Inn, Attention Genie Graf, P.O. Box 4510, Midway, Ky. 40347.

Otherwise, you may email for details on how to pick up your cookbook.


The boundless beauty of Kentucky cuisine is joyfully captured in these pages by a chef who has defined this region with her cooking. She is a custodian of tradition, a magician of flavor, and her restaurants are the narratives that tell us who we are in Kentucky. This book will be a treasure for generations to come." — Edward Lee, chef and author of Buttermilk Graffiti (winner of James Beard Award for Best Book of the Year in Writing) and Smoke & Pickles

We are thrilled to announce Ouita Michel’s first-ever cookbook! Just a Few Miles South: Timeless Recipes from our Favorite Places is full of recipes for popular menu items at Windy Corner Market, Wallace Station, The Midway Bakery and other Chef Ouita restaurants.

All recipes were scaled and tested for home kitchen use. 

In her long-awaited book, Chef Ouita shares stories of these recipes, the restaurants and staffs that cook and serve them, and her love for the personalities who dine at her tables throughout the Bluegrass, and who often inspired dishes.

Chef Ouita’s cookbook is the ultimate gift that keeps on giving, providing easy-to-prepare, delicious food. Give for Christmas, birthday, wedding, anniversary or thinking-of-you surprises. Cookbook lovers, Kentucky lovers, expert and novice cooks — anyone who eats — will be delighted to receive the book.

Exclusive! Shipped orders via OuitaMichel.com will receive a signed bookplate with each copy of Just a Few Miles South.

Shipped copies are $30.95 each, shipping included with the price.

About the authors:
Ouita Michel has been a James Beard Foundation Award nominee as Outstanding Restaurateur and as Best Chef Southeast numerous times. Michel and her restaurants are regularly featured in local and national media, such as the New York Times, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Food Network, and the Cooking Channel. She was a guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Kentucky series. She lives in Midway, Kentucky.

Sara Gibbs is a chef as well as a recipe writer and editor. She lives in Central Florida.

Genie Graf is the special projects director for the Ouita Michel Family of Restaurants. She lives in Midway, Kentucky.

More praise for Just a Few Miles South:

"Michel, the chef and restaurateur behind four Kentucky restaurants, shares simple and satisfying recipes from each of her eateries in this charming cookbook.... Home cooks will enjoy the simplicity and heartiness jam-packed into this collection." — Publishers Weekly

"Just a Few Miles South is a brilliant field guide to the food and culture of the Bluegrass, as embodied by Ouita's family of restaurants. It's a cookbook that feels as dear to me as a family heirloom, packed with the recipes I've treasured most from my time at Wallace Station and the Holly Hill Inn (as both a patron and a chef), scaled down and simplified for the home cook." — Stella Parks, pastry chef and New York Times-bestselling author of BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts

"Ouita champions many of the good things we associate with old and new Kentucky, from lard can burgoo to banh mi with bourbon mayonnaise. In this love letter to her state and her people, her cooking and advocacy entwine, making a strong case for the power of food to make a difference in our daily lives." — John T. Edge, author of The Potlikker Papers

"Just a Few Miles South's traditional Kentucky recipes take me back to my grandmother's table. And I'm delighted that among so many treasures, the recipes for the peerless soup beans and cornbread I've devoured on so many visits to Wallace Station are included. Thank you, Ouita!" — Susan Reigler, coauthor of Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? and a former restaurant critic for the Courier-Journal, Louisville

More about Just a Few Miles South:
Now available • Foreword by Silas House • 204 pages 8-by-9-inch hardcover  100 illustrations • More than 150 recipes • Printed in USA