(left) was born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi, where she learned to
cook as a child at her great grandmother's side. This marked the
beginning of her lifelong fascination with food.
In her cooking career, Courtney Taylor
has created food gift items for the Lee Bailey shops in Saks Fifth
Avenue, developed the recipes for Lee Bailey’s Southern Food and Plantation Houses, and written How to Eat Like a Southerner and Live to Tell the Tale.
In 1997 she received an award for her newspaper column from the
National Association of Food Journalists. Courtney Taylor and Bonnie
Carter Travis wrote The Southern Cook's Handbook and Courtney also illustrated the book. She now lives in Madison, Mississippi, with her husband and two children.