Husband's Christmas Gift Idea Blossoms Into Heirloom Cookbook

Virginia Yankee Press releases premiere publication.

Roanoke, VA, November 18, 2006 --( In October of 2001, Gene “Rattlesnake” Hall began a project to create a unique Christmas gift for his wife, Pamela.  The prized collection of slips of paper and hand-written index cards was embellished with humorous recipe descriptions, family snapshots, and food preparation photos over the next 5 years. It is now being made available by Virginia Yankee Press for sale at a Roanoke book store, Ram's Head in the Towers Mall and at

“This book is one of my all-time favorite Christmas presents from my wonderful husband, Gene.” So begins the foreword to a new publication issued today by Virginia Yankee Press as the company announced its premiere release, “The Hall Family Cookbook, A Collection of Original and Stolen Recipes.”  The project began in October, 2001, when the foreword author’s husband, Gene R. (Rattlesnake) Hall sought to create a unique Christmas gift for his wife,  Pamela.  The dream  - five years in the making - was to compile the family’s treasured recipes into an heirloom cookbook.  Over the five-year period, the cookbook remained a tightly guarded family secret. It evolved beyond recipes for “Aunt Jewel’s Potato Soup” and “Granny Birdie’s Chicken Pon Set” among hundreds of other family recipes, to include family pictures as well as food prep photographs.

In January of 2006, the cookbook was submitted to and ultimately accepted by Quail Ridge Press for inclusion in their “Best of the Best from Virginia (New Edition)” cookbook to be released in Spring, 2007.

Recipes range from easy to challenging making it likely that any cook at any level should find a recipe suitable to his or her personal cooking skills.  “Most of these recipes,” says Pamela Hall, “can be classified as everyday dishes. However, there are also specialty dishes that are just perfect for entertaining small groups and large parties.” Mrs. Hall and her wily husband have long subscribed to cooking magazines and are avid watchers of cable cooking shows.

The Halls sought out the services of a local Salem, VA printer, Select Group, to print their prized recipes. Selected pages of the book can be viewed at Google Books website. The URL is Simply type in “The Hall Family Cookbook” to read selected pages. “The Hall Family Cookbook” is available for purchase at the Virginia Yankee e-commerce website at:  It can also be ordered via email to or by postal mail to Virginia Yankee Press, P.O. Box 21306, Roanoke, VA 24018. The book can be purchased at the Ram's Head Book Shop in the Towers Mall in Roanoke, VA.  It retails for $19.95.


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