Gullah are the hardscrabble South Carolina Low Country descendants of plantation slaves, and their meals reveal African, Jamaican and Caribbean influences. Robinson was raised on Daufuskie Island, an isolated Gullah bastion near Hilton Head. She combines a memoir of growing up with her nine siblings and down-to-earth recipes to cover each meal of the day. Most of her remembrances involve chores and the fertile life of the island, though she also includes a fine chapter on "Folk Beliefs and Home Remedies," where we learn that ear cleaning should be done with a hen's feather (never a rooster's) and that a "handful of spider web" makes for an excellent bandage. As for the recipes, each could be filed under one or more of the three S's: simple, soul food or seafood. For breakfast, there is Country Fried Fish with Grits. Lunchtime sandwiches include Fried Soft-Shell Crab, which could be paired with 'Fuskie Seafood Gumbo with a stock made from fatback bacon and pig tail. Dinner entrees come stuffed, like Flounder Full of Crabmeat, which can be grilled or steamed. All the dishes can be washed down with one of her seven homemade wines, which generally involve adding five pounds of sugar to five pounds of fruit (like persimmons or peaches) and a gallon of water. (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Cooking the Gullah Way, Morning, Noon, and Night
Robinson first wrote about her life growing up on Daufuskie Island-off South Carolina and the setting for Pat Conroy's memoir The Water Is Wide-in Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way. Isolated from the mainland until fairly recently, the island was, as historian Jessica Harris writes in her foreword, a "cultural microclimate where the traditions of times past were kept alive." Along with down-home recipes ranging from Momma's Cracking Muffins to Country Fried Fish with Grits, Robinson includes more reminiscences and anecdotes about her extended family-she was one of 12 children-as well as a chapter on Gullah folk beliefs and home remedies of all sorts. For area libraries and other collections on regional American cooking.
Spend some time with [Robinson] yourself . . . and you'll feel marvelously satisfied in both your belly and your heart.
Ann Arbor News
[T]he recipes allow us all to savor Robinson's taste of Gullah culture and to recreate her world in our own.
Jessica B. Harris, from the Foreword
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[Robinson] combines a memoir of growing up with her nine siblings [on Daufuskie Island] and down-to-earth recipes to cover each meal of the day. Most of her remembrances involve chores and the fertile life of the island, though she includes a fine chapter on 'Folk Beliefs and Home Remedies.'. . . As for the recipes, each could be filed under one or more of the three S's: simple, soul food or seafood.--Publishers Weekly
Time honored recipes are generally quick and straightforward, while still full of the flavor of local ingredients.--Staten Island Advance
Ties food and place together in an identity that is designed to cultivate an inclusive and progressive future.--Gastronomica
Echoes the same reverent note as her much-praised first [book].--Charleston
Through her books, [Robinson] helps keep culture alive. The unique organization of her book . . . impresses that Gullah is an entire way of life, not just a way to cook. . . . Spend some time with [Robinson] yourself . . . and you'll feel marvelously satisfied in both your belly and your heart.--Ann Arbor News
From their down-home names to their rich flavors, the recipes allow us all to savor Robinson's taste of Gullah culture and to recreate her world in our own.--Jessica B. Harris, from the Foreword
Cooking the Gullah Way is a last glimpse of a fading culture.--Gastronomica
Sallie Ann Robinson cooks slow and local--and from the heart.--Damon Lee Fowler, Garden & Gun
Cooking the Gullah Way follows the rhythm of a typical day on Daufuskie Island. . . . The book immerses the reader in this culture through Robinson's personal stories and family recipes.--Raleigh News & Observer
Meet the Author
Sallie Ann Robinson is author of Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way. She now makes her home in Savannah, Georgia.
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