Friday, March 22, 2013

The Heirloom Kitchen

A friend in Bluffton, SC has a kitchen that is an heirloom in every sense of the word. His collection of silver has been passed down for generations and his library with over 250 cookbooks is as important as his pots and pans. When I decided to get him a cookbook, Heirloom Book Company is the only place I was confident I could find a cookbook that he doesn't already own.

Heirloom Book Company - 123 King Sreet, Charleston

I found this little gem, Stirrin' the Pots on Daufuskie by Billy Berns. This book, published in 1985, includes hand written recipes, black and white photos and tips for life on the island. Recipes for Deviled Crab, Tomato Pie and Pickled Shrimp dance throughout the cookbook. Mrs. Berns showcases a few truly Gullah recipes such as Squirrel Stew and Oxtail Soup which make flipping through this cookbook a lowcountry history lesson. This is a book that will be hard to give away!

Just a tip: "Whip okra with a switch - makes it bear better"

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