audio by title 20120829 - great taste - john martin taylor

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Hoppin' John's Lowcountry CookingThe 20th anniversary edition of John Martin Taylor's highly acclaimed first book, Hoppin' John's Lowcountry Cooking: Recipes and Ruminations from Charleston and the Carolina Coastal Plain, was published this month by the University of North Carolina Press.  When the book first hit stores twenty years ago it was called "a stunner" by the New York Times.  It brought a revival of interest in the culinary traditions of of the South by providing not only 250 updated recipes for dishes including shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, Chicken Country Captain, pimento cheese, cheese pigs (straws), and benne crackers, but making the history of these and other dishes come alive.

For me and my family the book struck a close personal note.  My wife spent most of her very early years in Charleston where her mother's family lived.  She continued to visit her great-grandmother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins every summer, and after we were married we carried on that annual pilgrimage.  Once the kids arrived on the scene we became one of those normal families packing up the car for the summer vacation for a couple of weeks on the beach traveling from St. Louis and later Fairfield to Charleston.