Publishing mostly cookbooks in the early years, Gwen McKee became
known as "The Cookbook Lady" and was frequently asked which book was
her favorite. "An impossible decision," said McKee. "I began to
list all my favorite cookbooks in Mississippi. Then Barney suggested creating a
cookbook that highlighted all the best recipes within the state" Best of the Best from Mississippi soon became a reality
and the beginning of a very successful series of state cookbooks: Quail Ridge
Press' acclaimed Best of the Best State Cookbook Series.
Gwen enlisted the help of her
good friend and golf-partner, Barbara Moseley. Barbara is a country girl who
was raised on a dairy farm,and Gwen is a city gal with Cajun roots. Both love
to cook and have families that love to eat, so reading and trying recipes was a
natural for both of them. The two have been traveling the country gathering the
best cookbooks from each state for three decades now. This is the only cookbook
series known to cover all fifty states.