I first read this book on a vacation in the Beaufort area with a friend. It was on the bookshelf in our condo. What a find! My friend had given the cookbook to her son one Christmas. I couldn't believe that she hadn't mentioned it to me as she knows how much I love cookbooks and cooking. But for her, cooking involves opening a microwave frozen dinner, so I guess I get it. Back to the same condo for a second year and there is Hoppin Johns again calling to me. So I clicked on Amazon and found it: my soul mate. I happened to get the last anniversary issue at Amazon. Score! This book is filled with wonderful dishes cooked Low Country style. The recipies are easy to follow and use ingredients available year round. ( Except for the alligator and squirrel ) The stories and reflections about this part of my state are as wonderful as the recipes. For me, Low Country cooking and Soul Food have a common theme: local ingredients cooked with heart. Frogmore Stew .....yum.
If you know and like Lowcountry cooking or if you just like good food and are curious about coastal Southern food, you'll like this book. John Martin Taylor writes about the beautiful South Carolina coast and coastal islands and the foods these Southerners have been catching, cultivating, and consuming for generations. Good food, good stories, and good book. Enough said......I have to go and prepare a Lowcountry meal for my family, using freshly-caught Georgia shrimp.
This is as much the history of Lowcountry food as it is a recipe book. JMT explains the whys with as much clarity as he explains what and how the Lowcountry eats. Using this a cook in Indiana can taste real she crab soup without wondering if it is accurate.
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