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In the Kitchen…
Glosson: I'm a taster cooker'

By Staff
COOKBOOK COLLECTOR – Frances Glosson looks at one of her many Southern Living cookbooks while a lemon ice box pie and a platter of fresh fruit and dip that Glosson prepared sits on the table in front of her. Photo by Penny Randall/The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
June 4, 2003
When Frances Glosson creates her favorite dish of chicken and dressing, she uses a recipe passed down from generation to generation.
Glosson said her mother gave her the best advice about cooking.
Glosson said that each of her siblings is a good cook, including her two brothers whom she calls "the grill and fish-fry kings."
She is also trying to pass down her love of cooking to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.
Taste testing
Glosson said she became interested in experimenting in cooking by tasting other people's dishes.
Glosson said she and her husband, Paul, are complete opposites when it comes to food.
But Paul doesn't complain about any of her cooking. In fact, he sometimes has more than one helping.
Cookbook collector
In 1968, Glosson began her hobby of collecting cookbooks. Now, more than 500 cookbooks line shelves in her North Meridian home.
Her favorite recipes come from Southern Living. She has a collection of yearly Southern Living cookbooks that date back to 1979.
She has had several of her original recipes printed in cookbooks, including The Meridian Star 2002 cookbook in which she won awards in three different categories.
But when it comes to salad dressing and cheese balls she has her own original recipe.
Most people would not attempt to prepare a meal for a large group of people. But Glosson looks forward to family reunions when she sometimes cooks for as many as 60 people.
Glosson's reward for her hard work is simple.