Women of the Smokies

Women of the SmokiesFrom legendary hiker Margaret Stevenson to famed singer/songwriter Dolly Parton, what do these nineteen remarkable Smoky Mountain women have in common?  Tenacity, perseverance, and an ironwood-like toughness in the face of adversity.  Besides that, all had (or have) a deep love of the Great Smoky Mountains.  Join author Courtney Lix as she celebrates the inspiring stories of these women’s exciting and triumphant lives.

Lydiay K. Whaley
Mary E. Caldwell
Dora Cope
Ella Costner
Phyllis Higginbotham
Marjorie Chambers
Hattie O. McGiffin
Ila Hatter
Mayna T. Avent
Olive T. Dargan
Lottie Q. Stamper
Wilma Dykeman
Amanda Swimmer
Dolly R. Parton
Laura Thornburgh
Anne Broome
Margaret Stevenson
Gracie McNichol
Karen Wade

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Eating Appalachia

Eating AppalachiaIla Hatter is one of the local naturalist/chefs profiled in “Eating Appalachia, rediscovering regional American flavors” by Darrin Nordahl. This is a look at ten unique foods that are native to the region, including pawpaws, ramps, hickory nuts, American persimmons, and elk; and offers delicious and award-winning recipes for each ingredient, along with sumptuous color photographs.

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Ila’s Cookbook

Ila Hatter, a well-loved herbalist and folklorist from the mountains of Western North Carolina, has put together a unique cookbook that pulls together 390 wild food recipes she has collected from southern Appalachian cooks over a 25 year period. From Acorn Quick Bread to Persimmon Pudding, these tasty concoctions will tempt you to get out of the house and make the most of the treasure-trove of wild edibles right outside your back door. Full of how-to tips and tidbits of history on each plant, as well as quotes and folk uses. All the edible plants described here can be found along a backcountry road. Illustrations and identification tips are included.

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Ila Hatter, Editor
128 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, spiralbound
b&w illustrations
Ironweed Productions
July 2001
ISBN 0-9712038-3-0


Plants of the Cherokee


Plants of the Cherokee: Medicinal, Edible, and Useful Plants of the Eastern Cherokee Indians

After languishing for 50 years in libraries, archives and attics around the southern Appalachian region, the following manuscript by William Banks was brought to the attention of Great Smoky Mountains Association by two of the organization’s most active members: Jerry Coleman and Ila Hatter.  Mr. Coleman and Ms Hatter live near the Cherokee reservation in western North Carolina and are recognized experts on edible and medicinal plants in the area.  They were overjoyed to discover the existence of the manuscript and devoted themselves to seeing that it be published.

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