The Taste of Country Cooking chronicles life in Freetown, Virginia, the small farming community where Lewis spent her childhood. The book details a year in the life of Freetown and includes seasonal recipes and stories of life among friends and family. The recipes are organized into evocatively titled menus tied to particular events or times of year: Emancipation Day Dinner, A Dinner Celebrating the Last of the Barnyard Fowl, and A Late-Spring Lunch After Wild Mushroom Picking. Each menu also includes personal anecdotes and tips for working with ingredients, all delivered in Lewis's tender and encouraging manner. It is a cookbook for those who enjoy having a friend with them in the kitchen. It is also a book that inspires you to seek out the best, freshest ingredients—the recipes deserve that respect.