A lifetime of waiting: South Side chef’s recipes featured in global cookbook

1/21/2022 10:31:00 PM

Josephine 'Mother' Wade, the legendary owner of Chatham’s soul food restaurant Josephine’s Southern Cooking, now has her recipes featured in an exclusive cookbook highlighting chefs from around the world.

Josephine 'Mother' Wade, the legendary owner of Chatham’s soul food restaurant Josephine’s Southern Cooking, now has her recipes featured in an exclusive cookbook highlighting chefs from around the world.

Josephine 'Mother' Wade, owner of Chatham’s soul food restaurant Josephine’s Southern Cooking, has her recipes for shrimp etouffee and hush puppies featured in an exclusive cookbook featuring chefs from around the world.

Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-TimesJosephine Wade began cooking when she was 13. The daughter of sharecroppers, Wade was babysitting her siblings one day as her parents worked when she realized she needed to make them dinner. She went out to their garden, picked some vegetables and went inside to whip up a gourmet cabbage dish.

By the time she was 19, Wade knew she wanted to open her own restaurant. In 1986, Wade opened Captain’s Hard Times in Chatham, although she eventually changed the name to Josephine’s Southern Cooking.Over the years, Wade amassed a huge following, with celebrities like Aretha Franklin showing up for her soul food. She became a staple on Chicago’s South Side and was seen with community leaders like Rev. Jesse Jackson and former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and part of 79th Street, near her restaurant, now has an official, if honorary, designation: “Mother Josephine Wade Way.”

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Josephine “Mother” Wade, owner of Josephine’s Southern Cooking in the Chatham neighborhood, will have two recipes featured in a cookbook highlighting chefs from around the world.On Thursday, she was honored by "Savor Our World.Email CHICAGO (WLS) -- Josephine"Mother" Wade held back tears after being selected for a new cookbook.The Cleveland Municipal Court judge rejected the prosecutor’s request for a higher bond and set it at $50,000 for Casey Bisner.

Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times Josephine Wade began cooking when she was 13. The daughter of sharecroppers, Wade was babysitting her siblings one day as her parents worked when she realized she needed to make them dinner. Mrs. She went out to their garden, picked some vegetables and went inside to whip up a gourmet cabbage dish. "I have always been in the background of history-making in this city and this is the first time that I think that I have ever been acknowledged like this," Wade said at a small celebration at McCormick Place Thursday morning. By the time she was 19, Wade knew she wanted to open her own restaurant. Advertisement. In 1986, Wade opened Captain’s Hard Times in Chatham, although she eventually changed the name to Josephine’s Southern Cooking. Police said first responders were dispatched to a separate emergency, but were waved down by Bisner in the area of West 103rd Street.

Over the years, Wade amassed a huge following, with celebrities like Aretha Franklin showing up for her soul food."I waited a lifetime to be known in a book of anything around the country, so this is indeed an honor for me. She became a staple on Chicago’s South Side and was seen with community leaders like Rev. Jesse Jackson and former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and part of 79th Street, near her restaurant, now has an official, if honorary, designation: “Mother Josephine Wade Way.” Josephine Wade (left) accepts a copy of the “Savor Our World” cookbook, which features two of her recipes, from Larita Clark, CEO of Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. She started operating at McCormick Place in 2019. Brian Rich/Sun-Times On Thursday, Wade was honored again, this time by having two of her recipes featured in the “Savor Our World” cookbook. She was arrested several days later.

The cookbook, with recipes from chefs around the world, will be used by Savor, the company handling food operations at McCormick Place. “I soon will be 80 years old,” Wade said Thursday as she accepted a copy of the book at McCormick Place. "I really honestly think I can fly now because I want this door to be open for other young ladies," she said. “I waited a lifetime to be known in a book.” In compiling the book, Savor looked for the “best chefs, the ones that are really doing great food in their areas,” said Doug Bradley, the company’s vice president of culinary. Despite the impact she had on the Chicago community, Wade said it was hard moving through life and seeing those who came after her make it before she did. The case is expected to be reviewed by the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Josephine “Mother” Wade, owner of Josephine’s Southern Cooking in the Chatham neighborhood, prepares a simple nacho dish at her home kitchen, in 2020. Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times “I was cooking long before they were born,” she said. “But when you don’t have the tools and the vehicle to do the things that need you to be pushed forward to get your name in a world book such as this, when those avenues are not open for us, then we don’t have those opportunities.” Wade said she hopes the cookbook and her story will be an inspiration for other young women cooking in their mothers' kitchens. Related Renowned chefs to spice up food at CPS cafeterias thanks to new Chef Council Wade’s recipes in the cookbook are for shrimp etouffee and hush puppies.

Bradley said company employees spent two days in the kitchen to figure out how to replicate those recipes. Although for now, it is used only by Savor at its operations around the world, a digital copy of the book may be made available to the public online, Bradley said. Josephine’s Southern Cooking, 436 E. 79th St., is open Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.

m. to 4 p.m. Josephine Wade’s hush puppies recipe is one of two recipes featured in the “Savor Our World” cookbook. Her second featured recipe is for shrimp etouffee.

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