Twenty Years of The Wooden Spoon, The Daily Leader, Brookhaven, Mississippi, 1997

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Twenty Years of the Wooden Spoon

Twenty Years of The Wooden Spoon, published in 1997, is a collection of recipes from 20 years of entries to the contest sponsored by Brookhaven's newspaper, The Daily Leader.

Two snippits of genealogical information are included in the history of the contest:[1]

  • The youngest grand prize winner was 14-year-old Meredith Swalm, daughter of Steve and Vicky Swalm of Bogue Chitto, in 1991.
  • The Wooden Spoon 1992 contest was dedicated to Shirley Rushing, "who had been a part of the judging staff . . . for many years. Mrs. Rushing died of cancer on January 19, 1992."

The book includes the recipes of winners and finalists from The Wooden Spoon Contests held from 1978 to 1997. (I'll be adding dates to the table below, so you can say what year a contributor was living in or near Brookhaven more precisely than "as early as 1978 or as late as 1997".)

Twenty Years of The Wooden Spoon is special to me because Ann Brien Britt was my aunt, who I loved dearly. She was the creator of the Wooden Spoon and the book is dedicated to her.[2]

List of Contributors

The recipes are - in the words of Bill Jacobs, editor and publisher of The Daily Leader - from "the Brookhaven area's top cooks":

NameAdditional Information
Mrs. Charles Abrams
Janine D. Adams
Robyn Aker
Nita Allbritton
Paula Allbritton
Beatrice Allen
Dale Allred
Grace Applewhite3 entries
Bonnie Ard4 entries
Betty L Bakermultiple entries
Jimmie Ballard
Cheryl Banks2 entries
Sybil Barksdale
Loiuse Becker
Victor Becker2 entries
Faye Bein2 entries
Peggy Bessonettemultiple entries
Elizabeth Bilbo
Marie Bilbo
Barbara Black
Marion Blackwell3 entries
Joseph F. Bonfigliomultiple entries
Julia Bounds2 entries
Dorothy Brawley
Woody Breeland
Leann Brown
Julia C. Burns
Kay Burns
Mary W. Byrd
Jimmie Gayle Cain3 entries
Denise Carollo
Mrs. Lloyd R. Case
Grace Childress
Evelyn Chism2 entries
Nellie Clark
Frances Cloud2 entries
Sara N. Cokermultiple entries
Bertha Collins
Catherine Cox
Nell Creely
Myrtle Crossleymultiple entries
Carolyn Crow
Patsy Davis
Sheila Daymultiple entries
Alice M. Dickersonmultiple entries
Mary Sue Douglas2 entries
Pauline P. Douglas
Marilyn Driskell2 entries
Kimmy Eubanks2 entries
Margie Falvey
Becky Feduccia
Alisa Florrest
Mrs. Max H. Fordmultiple entries
Mrs. Charleigh D. Ford, Jr.
Alisa Forrest [sic]
Rene Foster
Shirley Fredette
Sheila Furlow
Marie Gaston
Claudette George3 entries
Fay Gerald
Jill J. Gilbert
Ken Gilbert
Karen Gould
Brenda Green
Margaret Greer
Mrs. Von Griffith
Mrs. Johnnie Guess
Thelma Halelymultiple entries
Mary Lou Hallmultiple entries
Karen Hammone3 entries
Margaret Hammond2 entries
D.B. Harrgill
Patricia Harris
Natalie B. Herndon
Jody Hoff
M.L. Hoffmand
Sharon Holloway
Janice Holmes
Lacey Holmes
Charlene T. Howard
Millie Hudgins
Sarah J. Huffman2 entries
Melba Johnson
Betty L. Johnston3 entries
Betty R. Johnston
Mae Jones
Mattie Jones
Mrs. W.E. Jones
Chris Jordan
Mrs. Alton Keys
Sheila Killingsworth
Jeweline King2 entries
Pat King
Mary Jo Latham
Dollye Leathers
Rosemary Legg
Fannie Lee Lewis2 entries
Paula Lewis
Carol Lowrey
Clara J. Magee
Dauphine Magee
Alice Mahaffeymultiple entries
Sara Ann Mangum
Robert O. Martin
Elsie Mastrobattista
Jo Mathews3 entries
D. Kevin May
Mary Ann McFarland
Barbara McGee
Carolyn McGee2 entries
Janice McKee
Belene A. Meeks
Sue F. Minter
Joy Moak
Mary Moak
Mary D. Moak
Tina Montgomery2 Entries
Sonya Moore
Johnnie Munn
Shirley Nash
Mrs. Jerry Nations
Rosie Nettles2 entries
Susan Nettles3 entries
Ava Jane Newell
D. Claudette Oliver
Shirley O’Quinn
Zenus Owensmultiple entries
Betty A. Perkins
Kathy Phillips
Don St. Pierre2 entries
Mrs. Jay Potter
Missy Powell
Sandra W. Preussmultiple entries
Diane Price3 entries
Lynne J. Pricemultiple entries
Harriet Proffit3 entries
Pamela Rando
Cindy Ratcliff
Gloria Rayborn
Wanda Reed2 entries
Janice Reid
Gerri Roberts3 entries
Nicole Robinson
Theola Robinson
Carolyn S. Rushing
Margaret Rushingmultiple entries
Martha Rushing
Lydia Rutledge
Sarah Rutledge
Dorris Rutter3 entries
Mrs. Sherman Rutter
Lizzie Sartin
Mrs. Frank Sartin
Rhonda Scott
Yvone Shiel
Ginny Shirleymultiple entries
Kathy M. Sims
Angela Smith2 entries
Beverly Smith
C.C. Smith2 entries
Debbie Smith2 entries
Faye Smith
Faye N. Smith
Kay Smith
Lois Smith
Mrs. Bobby K. Smith
Mrs. Jack A. Smith
Pat Smithmultiple entries
Scarlette Calcote Smith2 entries
Tammy Smith2 entries
Tammy Melissa Smith
Treasurer L. Smith
Theresa Sones
Phyllis Spearman
Sherry Spencer
Mrs. Andrew Spiller
Joni Steinwinder
Vesta E. Strickland
Penny Sullivan
Josie Summers
Mrs. M.L. Summers
Christal Swagerty
Meredith Swalm2 entries
Carole Swann
Mrs. Billy Tenney
Sandy Terry
Mitzie Thornhill
Mrs. Jimmy Thornhill
Linda Tucker
Linda Stultz Tucker2 entries
Mrs. Lavon White
Mildred Whittington
Cathy Wilson
Mrs. Glyn Wilson


In 1997, the book could be ordered from The Daily Leader - contact the paper to see if they have any copies left (the order form included the phone number: 801-833-6961).

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This looks great. Did you type it all in? Nice work! I will go look through my old cookbooks and see if I have one that merits this treatment.
posted by Crispin Reedy