For thirty-nine amazing years, The Crown Restaurant has served lunch to international travelers, nationwide visitors, and local customers and friends. The Crown has been host to the Food Network, Turner South, CNN, and the Travel Channel, as well as writers and journalists from The New York Times, Southern Living, Bon Appetit, and Saveur magazine. Located in downtown Indianola, Mississippi -- the very heart of the Mississippi Delta -- The Crown continues to garner accolades as the quintessential eatery for fans of traditional southern cuisine with a taste of gourmet. Thanks to proprietors Evelyn and Tony Roughton, as well as their families and friends, you can now re-create delectable dishes that have been passed down for generations, adapted and enhanced throughout the years, and collected for everyone to enjoy in this much-anticipated cookbook.
The Crown of Southern Cooking features more than 170 easy-to-prepare classic southern recipes with a touch of added elegance, such as:
"I have a large collection of cookbooks and this one is right up there as one of my favorites! The recipes are excellent and easy to follow. Can't wait to try them! I recommend this cookbook to all who enjoy wonderful southern cooking!" --Nancy Darnell
"This is my new favorite cookbook. Got it yesterday and made the best gumbo I have ever made and it was easy. Also the pickled black eyed peas are scrumptious as is the catfish allison which I have been making for years. also made the black butter green beans and chicken allison. There are so many I can't wait to make." --Alak
Evelyn Roughton is the chief cook and creator of all things yummy at The Crown, Indianola, Mississippis famous and beloved landmark. The Crown opened as an English antique shop in 1972, and now its an art gallery, gift shop, bookstore, gourmet food shop, AND a restaurant. The Crown began serving lunch in the antique shop with a pub setting almost 40 years ago, in March of 1976 out in the cotton fields north of Indianola. Evelyn is a lover and promoter of all things delicious, and all things Mississippi, especially the Mississippi Delta. She enjoys good food, spending time with her precious family, and talking to visitors at The Crown, directing them to the Blues heritage sites, the B.B. King Museum, and all the wonderful out-of-the-way places to visit in the Delta.
Evelyn is very active in the Indianola community. She is involved in the Indianola Chamber Main Street, B.B. King Museum, Indianola Garden Club, Indianola Civic League, and Indian Bayou Arts Festival. She has been the recipient of the Indianola Citizen of the Year award, the Delta Council Good Middling Lady Award, and the Indianola Blues Society Promotions Award. Evelyn is a member and Sunday School teacher at First United Methodist Church. Evelyn graduated from Troy University in 1964, and soon after married Tony Roughton. The two traveled extensively while Tony was in the Air Force. They are the parents of two children: Jennifer Schaumburg runs the Crown, often with help from her two children, Sage and Prescott; and Kevin Roughton who lives in Maine with his wife Deanna Contrino and with their two children, Izabela and Carter.