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Charleston has needed a cookbook devoted to its great restaurants for a long time, and now we've got one - and it's a winner.
Charleston Currents, December 17, 2009
....this cookbook promises to be a good addition to any Charleston-lovers bookshelf, whether they cook or not.
Charleston City Paper, December 16, 2009
"Drawing upon a decade of experience as an area restaurant critic and a writer for publications like Gourmet and Southern Living, Herrick highlights more than 60 of her favorite eateries and shares a signature recipe from each. "I chose places that serve delicious food consistently - places with dishes I crave," she says. Through Herrick's insider prose and Christopher Brown's vibrant photographs, readers can get the scoop on joints like Basil and Jack's Cosmig Dogs and try conjuring up Baked Brownies and Bowen's Island Frogmore Stew."
From The Index Journal, Wed., Dec. 23, 2009 St. Claire Donaghy writes:
"It's part cookbook, part restaurant guide and part coffee table book for those who love The Holy City of Charleston. 'The Charleston Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Heart of the Old South' is an elegant, hard-bound book, loaded with tantalizing full-color photographs and recipes from more than 60 of Charleston's top restaurants...The 208-page book highlights everything from tea rooms to chic King Street restaurants serving up iconic she-crab soup to island taverns serving up buffalo fried shrimp and roadside hot dog places."
......"The Charleston Chef's Table whets the appetite with recipes intended to inspire rather than intimidate. "I didn't want people to feel daunted by the recipes," herrick said, noting those chosen help to elevate even everyday ingredients into something more."
“The Charleston Chef’s Table profiles of more than sixty of the city’s best restaurants and offers a signature recipe from each. From roadside dives to upscale eateries, Southern to Chinese, author Holly Herrick winnows Charleston’s 1,500 restaurants down to her top picks. Complementing the text are full-color photographs, as well as sidebars that highlight this city's 300-year history.”
From The Florence Messenger, February 3, 2010
By Libby Wiersema
”A quick browse through the cookbook’s pages, filled with Christopher Brown’s gorgeous glossy photos of Charleston sights and dishes, reveals something unique. While Lowcountry influences are apparent throughout, there is a surprisingly distinctive array of ethnic and fusion offerings.”
Passion for Charleston's food culture fuels cookbook
By Staff Writer Lillia-Penso
“When Holly Herrick talks about Charleston, the food writer and formally trained chef slows the pace of her words, as if to allow listeners to savor every tiny morsel of her story. By the end of the conversation you feel oddly full, and in desperate need of a trip to Charleston — or at least a good bowl of She Crab soup.”
From JamesBeard.org "The Bookshelf," May, 2010
"As we scanned the names and dishes that fill the pages of food writer and critic Holly Herrick’s new cookbook, The Charleston Chef’s Table, something struck us: the city of Charleston, where Herrick works and lives, boasts three back-to-back medals for Best Chef: Southeast, with Robert Stehling, Mike Lata, and Sean Brock winning in 2008, 2009, and 2010, respectively. If that streak doesn’t convince you to hightail it to the Lowcountry culinary mecca, perhaps Herrick’s book will: it profiles more than 60 of the city’s restaurants, complete with beautiful photography, appealing regional recipes, and bits of local culinary history."
From Pettprojects.com, August, 2010
I wanted to like this book. I was expecting a collection of restaurant recipes steeped in the deep tradition and history of this region. I was disappointed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David S.
Gave this to a friend that was moving to Charleston. It has great restaurant recommendations and recipies. A great representation of the city's food life!Published 4 months ago by Shopper27
The recipes were too complicated for a home kitchen. Interesting to see the restaurants and good guide for future trip, but not a cookbook I would use.Published 19 months ago by Marilyn Karnig
I took my first visit to charleston about 9 months ago and missed this beautiful place and its amazing food! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Venice Sarmiento
Wonderful recipes from some of the best restaurants in Charleston. Nice addition to any recipe book colection.
Recommend it to and chef.
I love Charleston cooking. Visit Charleston every year. However, this book is too, too gourmet for my tastes.Published on November 19, 2010 by Janet M. Smith