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Gullah Geechee cuisine is a prominent, yet too-often unsung, part of Southern food culture. Meggett's cookbook is one of the first major and comprehensive books on the subject and will fill a void in the history of American cookbooks. Stunning photography around the food, people and landscapes of Edisto Island will leave you completely charmed by its culture and bold flavors.
A New York Times bestseller and NPR Best Book of the Year, this is the first major Gullah Geechee cookbook: Emily Meggett, the matriarch of Edisto Island, shares the recipes and the history of an essential American community.
The history of the Gullah and Geechee people stretches back centuries, when enslaved members of this community were historically isolated from the rest of the South because of their location on the Sea Islands of coastal South Carolina and Georgia. Today, this Lowcountry community represents the most direct living link to the traditional culture, language, and foodways of their West African ancestors. Gullah Geechee Home Cooking
, written by Emily Meggett, the matriarch of Edisto Island, is the
preeminent Gullah cookbook. At 89 years old, and with more than 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Meggett is a respected elder in the Gullah community of South Carolina. She has lived on the island all her life, and even at her age, still cooks for hundreds of people out of her hallowed home kitchen. Her house is a place of pilgrimage for anyone with an interest in Gullah Geechee food. Meggett’s Gullah food is rich and flavorful, though it is also often lighter and more seasonal than other types of Southern cooking. Heirloom rice, fresh-caught seafood, local game, and vegetables are key to her recipes for regional delicacies like fried oysters, collard greens, and stone-ground grits. This cookbook has snippets of the Meggett family history on Edisto Island, which stretches back into the 19th century, and some of their delicious and accessible recipes include:
- Shrimp and Grits with Gravy
- Okra Gumbo
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Barbecue Ribs and Sauce
- Black-Eyed Peas
- Chocolate Cream Pie
Rich in both flavor and history, Meggett’s Gullah Geechee Home Cooking
is a testament to the syncretism of West African and American cultures that makes her home of Edisto Island so unique. Includes color images