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“The blue ribbon chef cookbook of the year, without a doubt, is Sean Brock’s Heritage. . . . Sometimes a cookbook changes the way you think about food you thought you understood, and this is one of those books.”
New York Times Book Review

Heritage, the first cookbook by Sean Brock, chef at the extraordinary restaurant Husk, in Charleston, South Carolina, is equal parts chronicle of Husk’s best dishes and survey of the local agricultural landscape.”
“Modern down-home cuisine.”
“Stunning photos and rustic-glamorous recipes.”
—Fine Cooking

“Brock is . . . the poet laureate of the kitchen. His cookbook doesn’t just give us recipes; it roots itself in Southern culture”
“Elevates the homey . . . and talks straight about basics.”
—Travel + Leisure
Heritage is a journey that will inspire you to understand your own region’s terroir, and the people and practices behind the food that fills your plate.”
Taste of the South
“A celebration of Southern ingredients, this ambitious debut provides insight into a notable chef’s carefully crafted cuisine. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal

“Sean Brock is a national treasure, at once leading the charge to define new Southern cooking while carefully being one of the leading preservationists of true traditional, soulful Lowcountry flavors and techniques. His approach to the intersection of the old and the new is nothing short of MacArthur Prize–worthy and, most important, the recipes are deliciously easy to make, nearly intuitive poems to the very earth itself. This book instantly redefines the bridge between the ancient and the innovative and is nothing short of a gift of the magi.”
—Mario Batali

“Sean Brock has redefined what American food is. Heritage celebrates the narrative of Lowcountry cooking and tells a story that continues to inspire.”
—David Chang, chef/owner, Momofuku
“Sean Brock is one of the most important chefs in America. In looking back at the roots of our cuisine, while always also looking forward, he’s changing the face of American food in wonderful ways. Heritage will thrill, surprise, and delight as readers discover what a rich, glorious, and delicious culinary history we once had—and, thanks to chefs like Sean, will surely have again. He is an absolutely transformative figure. His food manages to amaze without ever being pretentious or inaccessible. You, too, can cook this stuff. And you should.”    
—Anthony Bourdain

“Sean Brock is a culinary explorer—gifted, passionate, creative. This captivating book reveals Sean’s unique brilliance for merging the essence of the past with the promise of the future. This is an electrifying work and to read it is to witness the advent of a new era in American cooking.”
—Frank Stitt, chef/owner and author of Frank Stitt’s Southern Table

“Sean is one of the most passionate, talented chefs I know. His food is inspiring, enlightening, and so damn delicious! In Heritage, he shows you the essence of who he is and why he has paved the way in putting the Lowcountry on the map.”
—April Bloomfield, chef and author of A Girl and Her Pig

“Brock resurrects lost flavors and varieties, and—since he's a modernist as well—reinvigorates them with his own delicious style of cooking. Sean Brock is more than just a chef, and this is more than just a cookbook. It will leave you not only enriched, but enlightened.”
—Dan Barber, chef and author of The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

“This book is the real deal: American food with a sense of place and history. Reading through it is rather like eating barbeque and drinking beer with Sean Brock; you know you’re in a good place.”
—Fergus Henderson, chef and author of The Complete Nose to Tail

“Sean Brock is one of the most thoughtful cooks I know, with the ability to take a deep understanding of the American South’s culinary history and express it in a way that is unmistakably personal, forward-thinking, and brilliant. Heritage is a must.”
—René Redzepi, chef/owner, Noma

“Few chefs express the soul of their culture through their cooking as well as Sean. This book is a joyful, radiant vision of the South, seen through the lens of history and illuminated by his imagination. The recipes and stories are a delicious reminder of the pleasure to be found in good ingredients, honest cooking, and staying close to home.”
—Daniel Patterson, chef and author of Coi

“Sean is a passionate and true culinary voice in the telling of the past, present, and the future of his beloved South. He has done an admirable job, and an important one, in spreading the gospel and raising the awareness of a great American regional cooking. You don’t have to be from the South to experience the authentic tastes, flavors, and stories using this book.”
—David Kinch, chef and author of Manresa

“This is the real thing. An honest book. A koan to Southern peoples and places. A humble roster of recipes, recollections, and farmer mash notes, from a country-boy-made-good. Start with muscadine and cucumber gazpacho. Move to rabbit stew with black pepper dumplings. Close with black walnut poundcake, drenched with chocolate gravy. You’re in the hands of a master.”
—John T. Edge, coeditor of The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook

About the Author

Sean Brock is executive chef and partner of three restaurants: McCrady’s and Husk in Charleston, South Carolina, and Husk in Nashville, Tennessee. Brock won the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Southeast, in 2010; he was a finalist for Outstanding Chef in 2013, 2014, and 2015. His TV resume includes Iron Chef America and hosting season 2 of The Mind of a Chef, for which he has been nominated for an Emmy Award. Raised in rural Virginia, he is passionate about preserving and restoring heirloom ingredients. He divides his time between Charleston and Nashville.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; 1St Edition edition (October 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579654630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579654634
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Heritage" is a incredible addition to recent cooking literature - Southern themed recipes made with fresh ingredients and beautiful presentations.

After a brief intro by Sean Brock, the book goes straight into a broad spectrum of recipes with a Southern cooking style ingredient baseline. Recipes by chapter are themed by dish type - vegetarian, grain, meat, seafood, canned/pickled, bar food/drinks, and desserts. Each recipe has a brief introduction providing a nice story about the history of the dish and/or why it is meaningful to Sean Brock from his heritage. Several of the recipes in this cookbook are adaptations of recipes of family member's of Sean Brock that shaped his relationship with Southern food and cooking.

Some of the recipes call for very specific brand of ingredients (example: Anson Mills Antebellum Fine Yellow Cornmeal). In the back of the book is a page of resources for where to buy. Based upon this and the variety of ingredients for each dish, you will need to plan ahead to make the recipes.

The instructions for the recipes are extremely clear covering order of steps and how to's in order to get the best results. the pictures provide great visuals for how to plate the dishes. Based upon the complexity of the recipes, the book is more tailored to experienced cooks than beginners.

Many of the recipes in this book can be made with the standard equipment found in your home kitchen. Some recipes do require specialized equipment such as a juice extractor or a sous vide machine.

I recommend this book for foodies who love unique recipes, food presentation, modernist cooking, or just to have as a beautiful read on your coffee table.
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This book is phenomenal! I would buy it again & again! Excellent, doable recipes. Yes some of the recipes are long & complex but I love the challenge & truly if you have the time, such as a weekend it is fun to sit aside the time & make someting unbelievable! With patience & adherence to the directions, the results can be outstanding. My one complaint is some of the ingredients are simply unobtainable. I'd love ramps, but the wild onions don't grow here; same with pokeweed & no alternatives are offered. That's disappointing. I'm making the yellow rice with red cow peas & got the ingredients from Amazon. Now that's easy! However, Amazon offers little to no fresh vegetable, but has started offering meat products! Whooppeee! I got a pork belly; it arrived yesterday in great shape. I'll write my review after I prepare it this weekend.

The stories and pictures in this book add greatly to the pleasure of reading it. I read cookbooks like novels, I love them. This one truly delivers. The author embraces a love affair with food that I share. I would rather have one beautiful meal a day than an endless buffet of mundane fare. If you share my passion for excellent food you will nit be disappointed in this book. It even elevates polenta to a level higher than I have seen before. All I can say is dig in! My message to the author, when using ingredients that are impossible for many people to obtain either provide sources or alternatives. It is cruel to leave tempting but impossible to prepare dishes in your cookbook! Excellent book overall.
I made several recipes from the book & they turned out beautifully! I had no trouble obtaining the ingredients, got them from Amazon! I do tend to change up recipes to suit my families taste.
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This is an absolutely beautiful book. There is no question that Sean Brock put as much passion into this book as he does into his food. There are many wonderful and diverse recipes of varying difficulty, all of which represent the heritage or culture of the South. This book is all about comfort and care. Brock loves food, but not in the usual way. He cares about every grain of rice and shows incredible earnest interest in having people taste good food. Not good in the sense that he made it taste that way, but good in the sense that the earth made it taste that way.

For anyone who has eaten at Husk or McCrady's, there are some familiar recipes in this book. The signature Charleston ice cream and the buttermilk benne rolls are there. So we can now enjoy these at home. There are also recipes for how to cook grits like a southerner, and for how to make signature pimento cheese. Many of these recipes are approachable for the average cook (though probably not for most beginners). For the more ambitious, there are complex recipes that will require skill and planning.

What I really love about this book is that it is all about the ingredients. This is no surprise to anyone familiar with Sean Brock's cooking philosophy. Even if you've only seen him on Mind of a Chef, you get a sense of how he cares about food and wants to respect individual ingredients. Simplicity is wonderful. Complexity can be too, but not if it stifles the flavor of what you are eating. As is the norm with most cookbook for the past decade, Brock highlights many of his purveyors. This is a great tribute to people who dedicate their lives to making good food available. (Of course, none of their food is sold cheaply, but that's not the point.
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