Gullah Geechee Home Cooking

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Gullah Geechee Home Cooking is written by Emily Meggett, the matriarch of Edisto Island. At 87 years old and with more than 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Meggett is a respected elder in the Gullah community of South Carolina. She is a lifelong resident of the island and still cooks for hundreds of people out of her hallowed home kitchen. Heirloom rice, fresh-caught seafood, local game, and vegetables are key to her recipes for regional delicacies like fried oysters, collard greens, and stone-ground grits. Rich in both flavor and history, Meggett's Gullah Geechee Home Cooking is a testament to the syncretism of West African and American cultures that makes her home of Edisto Island so unique.

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nation's largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting, and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Established by an Act of Congress in 2003, it is the culmination of decades of efforts to establish a national museum that promotes and highlights the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected close to 37,000 objects.


  • 288 pages
  • Full color images throughout
  • Hardcover
  • 10" x 8"
  • Written by Emily Meggett