Comfort Food Cookbook Is a Local Hit

Texan Shelley Harris Garrett has collected beloved recipes from family, friends, church ladies, and co-workers for more than 30 years. After years of copying the 100-plus recipes into three-ring binders for friends and newlyweds, Garrett decided to publish the collection, complete with some 60 color photos, and give all the proceeds to the Kaufman County Emergency Children’s Shelter.

In Good Food: Recipes That Keep Them Coming Back, Garrett shares comfort food favorites. The culinary collection contains Garrett’s own award-winning white chili (aka, Thunderpants) and some local celebrities’ prized recipes: Prissy Chapman’s Bread Pudding and Debbie Knight’s Fudge Pie. Some of her family’s favorites — like Big Daddy’s Wilted Lettuce Salad and Nana’s Cornbread Dressing — are in there too.

Good Food contains only the good stuff,” Garrett says, “the recipes that our kids beg for and the dishes that my friends insist that I bring to the potluck.”

Involved with the children’s shelter for the past 10 years, Garrett chose them to be the beneficiary of her cookbook proceeds. The shelter takes in 100 to 200 children each year who are displaced from their families due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. The children receive food, shelter, and affection until more permanent homes are found.

Good Food: Recipes That Keep Them Coming Back is available for purchase on and at Main Street Boutique in downtown Royse City.

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