Heritage

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Sean Brock is the chef behind the game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady’s, and his first book offers all of his inspired recipes. With a drive to preserve the heritage foods of the South, Brock cooks dishes that are ingredient-driven and reinterpret the flavors of his youth in Appalachia and his adopted hometown of Charleston. The recipes include all the comfort food (think food to eat at home) and high-end restaurant food (fancier dishes when there’s more time to cook) for which he has become so well-known....

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Overview

Sean Brock is the chef behind the game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady’s, and his first book offers all of his inspired recipes. With a drive to preserve the heritage foods of the South, Brock cooks dishes that are ingredient-driven and reinterpret the flavors of his youth in Appalachia and his adopted hometown of Charleston. The recipes include all the comfort food (think food to eat at home) and high-end restaurant food (fancier dishes when there’s more time to cook) for which he has become so well-known. Brock’s interpretation of Southern favorites like Pickled Shrimp, Hoppin’ John, and Chocolate Alabama Stack Cake sit alongside recipes for Crispy Pig Ear Lettuce Wraps, Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder with Tomato Gravy, and Baked Sea Island Red Peas. This is a very personal book, with headnotes that explain Brock’s background and give context to his food and essays in which he shares his admiration for the purveyors and ingredients he cherishes.

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Editorial Reviews

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Sean Brock calls himself a hillbilly, but this energetic young Virginian is also a James Beard Award-winning chef, a successful restaurateur and the subject of an Anthony Bourdain documentary. This debut cookbook will extend his good vibes to those who have never sampled the fine Southern fare at Husk's or McCrady. In its 336 pages, Heritage delivers its core title message with scores of traditional and contemporary recipes that encompass both comfort food and specialties for more ambitious home cooks, and personal essays that emphasize the worth of heirloom ingredients. (P.S. His Buttermilk Pie with Cornmeal Crust and his Chocolate Alabama Stack Cake make perfect accompaniments to reading.)

Various

“Sean Brock is a national treasure, at once leading the charge to define new Southern cooking while carefully being one of the leading preservationists of true traditional, soulful Lowcountry flavors and techniques. His approach to the intersection of the old and the new is nothing short of MacArthur Prize–worthy and, most important, the recipes are deliciously easy to make, nearly intuitive poems to the very earth itself. This book instantly redefines the bridge between the ancient and the innovative and is nothing short of a gift of the magi.”
—Mario Batali

“Sean Brock has redefined what American food is. Heritage celebrates the narrative of Lowcountry cooking and tells a story that continues to inspire.”
—David Chang, chef/owner, Momofuku

“Sean Brock is one of the most important chefs in America. In looking back at the roots of our cuisine, while always also looking forward, he’s changing the face of American food in wonderful ways. Heritage will thrill, surprise, and delight as readers discover what a rich, glorious, and delicious culinary history we once had—and, thanks to chefs like Sean, will surely have again. He is an absolutely transformative figure. His food manages to amaze without ever being pretentious or inaccessible. You, too, can cook this stuff. And you should.”
—Anthony Bourdain

“Sean Brock is a culinary explorer—gifted, passionate, creative. This captivating book reveals Sean’s unique brilliance for merging the essence of the past with the promise of the future. This is an electrifying work and to read it is to witness the advent of a new era in American cooking.”
—Frank Stitt, chef/owner and author of Frank Stitt’s Southern Table

“Sean is one of the most passionate, talented chefs I know. His food is inspiring, enlightening, and so damn delicious! In Heritage, he shows you the essence of who he is and why he has paved the way in putting the Lowcountry on the map.”
—April Bloomfield, chef and author of A Girl and Her Pig

“Brock resurrects lost flavors and varieties, and—since he's a modernist as well—reinvigorates them with his own delicious style of cooking. Sean Brock is more than just a chef, and this is more than just a cookbook. It will leave you not only enriched, but enlightened.”
—Dan Barber, chef and author of The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

“This book is the real deal: American food with a sense of place and history. Reading through it is rather like eating barbeque and drinking beer with Sean Brock; you know you’re in a good place.”
—Fergus Henderson, chef and author of The Complete Nose to Tail

“Sean Brock is one of the most thoughtful cooks I know, with the ability to take a deep understanding of the American South’s culinary history and express it in a way that is unmistakably personal, forward-thinking, and brilliant. Heritage is a must.”
—René Redzepi, chef/owner, Noma

“Few chefs express the soul of their culture through their cooking as well as Sean. This book is a joyful, radiant vision of the South, seen through the lens of history and illuminated by his imagination. The recipes and stories are a delicious reminder of the pleasure to be found in good ingredients, honest cooking, and staying close to home.”
—Daniel Patterson, chef and author of Coi

“Sean is a passionate and true culinary voice in the telling of the past, present, and the future of his beloved South. He has done an admirable job, and an important one, in spreading the gospel and raising the awareness of a great American regional cooking. You don’t have to be from the South to experience the authentic tastes, flavors, and stories using this book.”
—David Kinch, chef and author of Manresa

“This is the real thing. An honest book. A koan to Southern peoples and places. A humble roster of recipes, recollections, and farmer mash notes, from a country-boy-made-good. Start with muscadine and cucumber gazpacho. Move to rabbit stew with black pepper dumplings. Close with black walnut poundcake, drenched with chocolate gravy. You’re in the hands of a master.”
—John T. Edge, coeditor of The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook

Anthony Bourdain

“Sean Brock is one of the most important chefs in America. In looking back at the roots of our cuisine, while always also looking forward, he’s changing the face of American food in wonderful ways. Heritage will thrill, surprise, and delight as readers discover what a rich, glorious, and delicious culinary history we once had—and, thanks to chefs like Sean, will surely have again. He is an absolutely transformative figure. His food manages to amaze without ever being pretentious or inaccessible. You, too, can cook this stuff. And you should.”

From the Publisher

“Sean Brock is a national treasure, at once leading the charge to define new Southern cooking while carefully being one of the leading preservationists of true traditional, soulful Lowcountry flavors and techniques. His approach to the intersection of the old and the new is nothing short of MacArthur Prize–worthy and, most important, the recipes are deliciously easy to make, nearly intuitive poems to the very earth itself. This book instantly redefines the bridge between the ancient and the innovative and is nothing short of a gift of the magi.”
—Mario Batali

“Sean Brock has redefined what American food is. Heritage celebrates the narrative of Lowcountry cooking and tells a story that continues to inspire.”
—David Chang, chef/owner, Momofuku

“Sean Brock is one of the most important chefs in America. In looking back at the roots of our cuisine, while always also looking forward, he’s changing the face of American food in wonderful ways. Heritage will thrill, surprise, and delight as readers discover what a rich, glorious, and delicious culinary history we once had—and, thanks to chefs like Sean, will surely have again. He is an absolutely transformative figure. His food manages to amaze without ever being pretentious or inaccessible. You, too, can cook this stuff. And you should.”
—Anthony Bourdain

“Sean Brock is a culinary explorer—gifted, passionate, creative. This captivating book reveals Sean’s unique brilliance for merging the essence of the past with the promise of the future. This is an electrifying work and to read it is to witness the advent of a new era in American cooking.”
—Frank Stitt, chef/owner and author of Frank Stitt’s Southern Table

“Sean is one of the most passionate, talented chefs I know. His food is inspiring, enlightening, and so damn delicious! In Heritage, he shows you the essence of who he is and why he has paved the way in putting the Lowcountry on the map.”
—April Bloomfield, chef and author of A Girl and Her Pig

“Brock resurrects lost flavors and varieties, and—since he's a modernist as well—reinvigorates them with his own delicious style of cooking. Sean Brock is more than just a chef, and this is more than just a cookbook. It will leave you not only enriched, but enlightened.”
—Dan Barber, chef and author of The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

“This book is the real deal: American food with a sense of place and history. Reading through it is rather like eating barbeque and drinking beer with Sean Brock; you know you’re in a good place.”
—Fergus Henderson, chef and author of The Complete Nose to Tail

“Sean Brock is one of the most thoughtful cooks I know, with the ability to take a deep understanding of the American South’s culinary history and express it in a way that is unmistakably personal, forward-thinking, and brilliant. Heritage is a must.”
—René Redzepi, chef/owner, Noma

“Few chefs express the soul of their culture through their cooking as well as Sean. This book is a joyful, radiant vision of the South, seen through the lens of history and illuminated by his imagination. The recipes and stories are a delicious reminder of the pleasure to be found in good ingredients, honest cooking, and staying close to home.”
—Daniel Patterson, chef and author of Coi

“Sean is a passionate and true culinary voice in the telling of the past, present, and the future of his beloved South. He has done an admirable job, and an important one, in spreading the gospel and raising the awareness of a great American regional cooking. You don’t have to be from the South to experience the authentic tastes, flavors, and stories using this book.”
—David Kinch, chef and author of Manresa

“This is the real thing. An honest book. A koan to Southern peoples and places. A humble roster of recipes, recollections, and farmer mash notes, from a country-boy-made-good. Start with muscadine and cucumber gazpacho. Move to rabbit stew with black pepper dumplings. Close with black walnut poundcake, drenched with chocolate gravy. You’re in the hands of a master.”
—John T. Edge, coeditor of The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook

Various

“Sean Brock is one of the most important chefs in America. In looking back at the roots of our cuisine, while always also looking forward, he’s changing the face of American food in wonderful ways. Heritage will thrill, surprise, and delight as readers discover what a rich, glorious, and delicious culinary history we once had—and, thanks to chefs like Sean, will surely have again. He is an absolutely transformative figure. His food manages to amaze without ever being pretentious or inaccessible. You, too, can cook this stuff. And you should.”

—Anthony Bourdain

Library Journal
08/01/2014
James Beard Award-winning chef Brock grew up in rural Virginia, but he is best known for his work in Charleston, SC, where he is the executive chef and partner of restaurants McCrady's and Husk and a champion of heirloom ingredients. In the author's first cookbook, he shares his background and cooking manifesto and offers a mix of traditional and contemporary recipes in chapters such as "The Garden" and "The Pasture." The recipes (e.g., butter-bean chowchow; pork belly with herbed farro, pickled elderberries, chanterelles, and sumac; buttermilk pie with cornmeal crust) range from simple to sophisticated, and some call for unusual preparations. Pork rinds, for example, are cooked sous-vide and dehydrated before being deep fried. Within chapters, Brock profiles producers who supply his restaurants, explains various ingredient categories, and touches on topics from industrial agriculture to the origins of bourbon to 19th-century books on food and drink. VERDICT A celebration of Southern ingredients, this ambitious debut provides insight into a notable chef's carefully crafted cuisine. Highly recommended for regional and professional collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579654634
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 10/21/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 65,609

Meet the Author

Sean Brock is executive chef and partner of three restaurants: McCrady’s and Husk in Charleston, South Carolina, and Husk in Nashville, Tennessee. Brock won the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Southeast, in 2010; he was a finalist for Outstanding Chef in 2013 and 2014. His TV resume includes Iron Chef America and hosting season 2 of The Mind of a Chef, for which he has been nominated for an Emmy Award. Raised in rural Virginia, he is passionate about preserving and restoring heirloom ingredients. He divides his time between Charleston and Nashville. 

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