Signature Cookbooks


Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc. is proud to present its award-winning cookbooks. Over 150,000 copies of our cookbooks have been sold to date, celebrating Virginia’s finest food and beverages.

Cookbooks can be purchased online here.

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Tidewater on the Half Shell  –  Known throughout the Commonwealth for its tried and true recipes, Tidewater on the Half Shell is an award-winning cookbook that serves up a collection of the most sumptuous recipes from Virginia. Published by the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach in June 1985, this cookbook features 600 triple-tested recipes including extensive seafood selections and classic recipes made of natural ingredients. Inducted into the McIlhenny Hall of Fame, an award given for book sales that exceed 100,000 copies.

Toast to Tidewater – Masterful four-color photography, beverage pairing suggestions for Virginia wines, ciders, and beers, and the reputation of the award-winning Tidewater on the Half Shell will make this stylish new cookbook a sure-fire hit! Cooks of all types will devour the triple-tested recipes featuring Virginia s finest ingredients. A 2004 National Winner of the Tabasco Community Cookbook Award.