Cooking in prison


Ceyma Bina, Tina Cornelius, Barbara Holder, Celeste Johnson, Trenda Kemmerer, and Louanne Larson

From The Big House To Your House has two hundred easy to prepare recipes for meals, snacks and desserts. Written by six women imprisoned in Texas, the recipes can be made from basic items a prisoner can purchase from their commissary, or people on the outside can purchase from a convenience or grocery store.

From The Big House To Your House is the result of the cooking experiences of six women while confined at the Mountain View Unit, a woman’s prison in Gatesville, Texas.  They met and bonded in the G-3 dorm housing only prisoners with a sentence in excess of 50 years.  While there isn’t much freedom to be found when incarcerated, using the commissary to cook what YOU want offers a wonderful avenue for creativity and enjoyment!  They hope these recipes will ignite your taste buds as well as spark your imagination to explore unlimited creations of your own! They encourage you to make substitutions to your individual tastes and/or availability of ingredients.  They are confident you will enjoy the liberty found in creating a home-felt comfort whether you are in the Big House, or Your House!

From The Big House To Your House is published by the Justice Institute. The authors donate any profits from book sales to the Justice Institute to assist with its work on behalf of the wrongly convicted.

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