Rich in both flavor and history Gullah Geechee Home Cooking is a testament to the syncretism of West African and American cultures that makes Edisto Island so unique.
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, was published in 2022 when Meggett was 89 years old. Known as the matriarch of Edisto Island, she passed away in 2023. At 89 years old, and with more than 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Meggett was a respected elder in the Gullah community of South Carolina. She lived on the island all her life, and until she died, still cooked for hundreds of people out of her hallowed home kitchen. Her house was 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 includes not only delicious and accessible recipes, but also snippets of the Meggett family history on Edisto Island, which stretches back into the 19th century.
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- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 10.3 inches