Barbara Moseley is co-editor of the Best of the Best State Cookbook Series
at Quail Ridge Press, a job she accepted in 1986 just to help out her
friend and golfing partner, Gwen McKee. They realized that not only did
they share a love of golf, but also a love for cooking and collecting
recipes. Three decades later,
Moseley is still helping her friend gather and edit recipes for the
highly acclaimed cookbook series and also for the distinguished RECIPE
HALL OF FAME COLLECTION. Together they have published nearly 100 books,
including the newest Fast & Fabulous Series, which has become a
quick favorite with customers.
A native Mississippian, Barbara Moseley
grew up on a farm in Florence, Mississippi, so her appreciation for good
food has roots in her fertile upbringing. She still enjoys working in
the family vegetable garden and sharing the abundance of fresh fruits
and vegetables it yields--both in fresh form and prepared in the
fantastic recipes she loves to cook. Barbara would like to one day write
a cookbook of her own based on the many recipes handed down through her family.
She expects there may be a little bit of a problem, however, because
none of her relatives ever measured anything. Measurements were just "a
dash of this and a tiddle of that!"
A few years ago, Barbara and her husband
Lonnie moved from the family Christmas Tree farm where they had for
years hosted families, church groups and
school classes who were in search of the perfect Christmas tree. And
where did they go? Where else, but right down the street from Gwen, on a
golf course north of Brandon, Mississippi.
Barbara Moseley's life experiences
reflect her appreciation for heritage, tradition, and the importance of
the family. Before joining the fledgling Quail Ridge Press, Barbara also
operated an office supply business and founded a cable television
company with her husband Lonnie, so she is well-acquainted with helping
to run a business. She attended Mississippi College as a student, keeping
her education close to home as well.
One of Barbara's favorite aspects of
researching the various states is the travel. A wonderful learning
her journeys with co-editor Gwen McKee have revealed a wealth of
information about America and the way Americans cook. She and Gwen have
met a great assortment of people, many who have become dear friends, and
visited scores of landmarks, legends, and local attractions. From bed
and breakfasts to private homes, television studios to test kitchens,
Gwen and Barbara have met, fed and/or cooked with food lovers from all
corners of the United States.
Barbara Moseley enjoys golf, traveling
with her family, and spending time at home with them. Her energetic,
lively, 93-year-old mother, who is also a golfer, inspires Barbara to
stay active and enjoy all facets of life. Three grown children and
several grandchildren, who all live nearby, offer a convenient source
for testing recipes. In fact, some of the grandchildren love to come
over to help, especially when it's cookie-making time!