Beaufort Cook Book: A Treasury of Carolina Recipes

Local food newspaper columnist, Ervena Faulkner, recently wrote that "Tradition [is] on menu for Beaufort's anniversary." She cited 4 recipes from the Beaufort Cook Book: A Treasury of Carolina Recipes. Each recipe sounds wonderful.

As Faulkner notes, the first recipe in the book is by Ann Head:

Take a woman of hearty appetite
(Gourmet's delight)
Of abandon tempered by restraint
(No saint)
Generous and warm of heart,
(Not sweet, not tart)
And in a kitchen place her,
Bring to a rapid boil
And with herbs and spices lace her,
Serve her with flattery,
Add a soupcon of humility,
Laud her,
Applaud her,
For hers is no happenstance ability.

If you want to try other recipes from this book edited by Dee Hryharrow and Isabel Hooggenboom, you can borrow it from our Beaufort, Bluffton, or Hilton Head Branch Libraries local history sections and cook up a storm. There are also copies in the BDC.

The Library has multiple copies of the novels by Ann Head, aka Anne Christensen Morse here in Beaufort: Always in August, Everybody Adored Cara, Fair with Rain, and Mr. & Mrs. Bo Jo Jones. In addition, the BDC has more information about her in our permanent "Authors-Beaufort" and "Christensen Family" vertical files.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.