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About the Author

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chef Charlotte Jenkins, owner of Gullah Cuisine in Mount Pleasant, S.C., is recognized as a premier Gullah chef. Her cooking has been praised by Southern LivingGourmet MagazineThe New York TimesThe Washington Post andThe Boston GlobeThe Charleston City Paper consistently names her restaurant as serving the best soul food in the area. Jenkins learned to cook Gullah the way her mama, her grandmamma and all the mamas that have come before her – by working alongside one another. She also trained at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston where she adapted the traditional recipes to be more healthful. In 1997, she and her husband Frank opened Gullah Cuisine.

About the Author

A lifelong resident of the South Carolina Lowcountry, William P. Baldwin is an award- winning novelist, poet, biographer and historian. He graduated from Clemson University with a BA in History and an MA in English. He ran a shrimp boat for nine years then built houses, but the principle occupation of his life has been writing.

His works include Charleston, Charleston Impressions, Daytrips from Charleston, Plantations of the Lowcountry, Lowcountry Plantations Today (all with architectural photographer N. Jane Iseley), and the oral histories Mrs. Whaley and her Charleston Garden and Heaven is a Beautiful Place. The screenplay for the latter earned him a Silver Remy at the Houston Film Festival. For its depiction of Southern race relations, his novel The Hard to Catch Mercy won the Lillian Smith Award. He collaborated with photographer V. Elizabeth Turk on Mantelpieces of the Old South and wrote the text for chef Charlotte Jenkins’ Gullah Cuisine.

Done with photographer Selden Hill and published in 2011, The Unpainted South won the Independent Book Publishers Association’s Gold Benjamin Franklin Award for poetry. The follow up collection, These Our Offerings, earned a second Benjamin Franklin award.

His writing has also appeared in Charleston, Garden and Gun, Southern Living, Victoria, Veranda and Southern Accents magazines.

 

 

About the Artist

 

Jonathan Green, painter and printmaker, was born and raised in the small Gullah community of Gardens Corner, located near the South Carolina sea Islands. He was born with a caul – an inner fetal membrane that covered his head at birth, something the Gullah believe is a sign that the child will bring grace to the community. Green studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1982. Green has participated in traveling exhibitions throughout the United States and more than fifty solo exhibitions. His work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including The Morris Museum (Augusta, Georgia), The Afro-American Museum of Philadelphia, The Naples Museum of Art (Naples, Florida) and The IFCC Cultural Center (Portland, Oregon). Green has received awards recognizing both his work and his civic contributions. In 1996, Green received an honorary doctorate from the University of South Carolina, the same year a book, Gullah Images: The Art of Jonathan Green, reproducing a large number of his pieces was published. In 2009, Green received the Key of Life Award for his contributions and achievements in the visual fine arts from the NAACP at the organization's fortieth Image Awards. As writer Pat Conroy describes Green’s work, “The Gullah people depicted in Jonathan Green's world look like they got dressed while staring at rainbows.”

 

 

 

Gullah Cuisine

*REVISED EDITION FEATURING NEW RECIPES & LAY-FLAT BINDING*

Take a journey with Chef Charlotte Jenkins into her creative kitchen, and also into her life. Charlotte and her husband Frank grew up Gullah at a time when the Old Ways were giving way to the New Ways. They are of the generation that bridged those two worlds. In many ways, they have lived the American dream, rising up from humble origins to build a nationally recognized Gullah restaurant where today they would regard being interviewed by Southern Living, Gourmet Magazine, The New York Times, et al, as all in a day’s work.

Charlotte learned to cook Gullah the way her mama, her grandmamma and all the mamas that have come before her – by working alongside one another. But she also trained at Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute in Charleston where she adapted the traditional recipes to be more healthful. In1997, she and her husband Frank opened Gullah Cuisine in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. They are now widely acknowledged as offering the best of authentic Gullah cooking. Gullah Cuisine: By Land and By Sea brings Charlotte’s wonderful recipes to you. But it does more than that – the book is a tale of connection, sharing a world the Gullah built. It features a narrative by critically acclaimed author William P. Baldwin, photographs by Pulitzer-prize-nominee Mic Smith and art by beloved Gullah painter Jonathan Green. Pat Conroy describes the Gullah people depicted in Jonathan Green's world as looking like “they got dressed while staring at rainbows.”

Recipes to tickle your tongue, stories to feed your soul and pictures to delight your eyes. Enjoy!

Chef Charlotte Jenkins
Narration by William P. Baldwin
Artwork by Jonathan Green
Photography by Mic Smith

Softcover
ISBN: 978-1-929647-04-0

Price: $24.95 $17.46 (plus $5.00 shipping/handling)