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November 1, 2006

What memories are more cherished than Christmas visits to Grandma’s house and being greeted by the buttery warm aromas of sweet treats, fresh from the oven? Or the feast of comfort foods prepared as only granny can? The new book Dianne Evans--mother of six, grandmother of seven, and great-grandmother of three who has become a cottage industry known as Miss Dee--Granny’s Taste of Christmas brings home all the good things we enjoy as special holiday treats.

Dianne Evans wrote her first cookbook in 1964, as an outgrowth of her daily radio show in Jessup, GA that shared listeners’ recipes on the air. She has since written six cookbooks. This one-woman enterprise has sold thousands copies of the books over the last forty years, making hers treasured cookbooks young and not-so-young cooks refer to again and again.

Granny’s Taste of Christmas includes menus for holiday gatherings, ideas and crafts for gifts from the kitchen, and of course dozens of recipes for appetizers, soups, sides, salads, beverages, candies, cookies, breads, and pastries. Cooking tips throughout the book share the experience of decades of professional and home cooking to create dishes flavorful and festive dishes families will share for generations. Christmas carols and whimsical illustrations by Cheryl Benner make this cookbook a warm companion for long winter nights.

Granny’s Taste of Christmas (ISBN: 0-9615089-0-6; $19.95; available at was edited, designed and manufactured by FRP in Nashville, Tennessee. Since 1961, FRP has produced more than 800 titles for individuals, companies, and nonprofit organizations. Full support and consultation are available in the creation, production, marketing, and distribution of a cookbook. FRP is a division of Southwestern/Great American, Inc.

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