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Family ties are knit together in genealogist-lawyer’s cookbooks

Bessida Cauthorne White, a native and resident of Middlesex, has co-edited three cookbooks, and her second book has a second edition. She is a retired attorney who is credited as the founder of Virginia Association of Women Attorneys, Virginia Association of Black Women Attorneys, and Friends of African and African-American Art at the Virginia Museum.

She is a community historian always working closely with her church, Angel Visit Baptist. She serves as president of several organizations and gives lectures, workshops and teaches genealogy classes, her true love. For 40 years she has also been a genealogist.

Family reunions and her passion for family research are perhaps the main reasons “A Reunion of Recipes: The White Family Cookbook” (first printing 1990, second printing 2007), was created. It contains 300 family recipes from past generations along with more recent ones, and a brief History of the Andrew and Isabella White Family. “It’s so important to get family recipes recor...

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