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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307889734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307889737
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 “Matt and Ted Lee are both charming, ebullient men as elegant as the city they were born to praise. The Lee Bros Charleston Kitchen is a work of art; it brings the city of Charleston to every home lucky enough to own this book.”
—Pat Conroy
 
“If I suddenly sell everything and move to Charleston it’s the Lee Bros’ fault. I was so totally charmed by this book; it makes me want to bring my hammer to the oyster roast, sip bourbon in the afternoon, and carouse with the guinea fowl of Lamboll Street.”
—Gabrielle Hamilton
 
“This beautiful, witty, nostalgic edition is filled with delicious memories. I remember the cheese dip at Henry’s, the pickle barrel at Harold’s Cabin—every page holds some piece of our lives. Buy this book even if you don’t cook. It’s just that wonderful.” 
—Dorothea Benton Frank
 
“An education in manners and mores. A testament to great cooks of generations past. A census of modern foodways. The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen is all those things. More important, Matt and Ted’s new book is a back gate passkey to life on America’s most storied peninsula, where mulberry trees sag with fruit, waters course with roe-engorged shad, and cook pots bob with greens and neck bones.“
—John T Edge
 
“Charleston may be America’s most charming city, and in this delicious book the Lee brothers have captured its soul. This is the South seen through a different lens, a place filled with fresh fish, heirloom vegetables, and recipes handed from one generation to the next. Reading through these recipes, I found myself wanting to run into the kitchen and cook every one.”
—Ruth Reichl 
 
“In amongst the classic recipes—many of them ingeniously updated—the Lee brothers serve up plenty of Lowcountry culinary lore. And, with a gentlemanly bow to the locals who make it happen, they fold in profiles of such colorful characters as the master filleter of shad, the tractor-riding truck farmer of Johns Island, the Queen of the Shrimpers, and Martha Lou of ‘NoMo.’ The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen is easily as entertaining as it is informative.”
—John Berendt

About the Author

MATT LEE and TED LEE, founders of The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order source for Southern pantry staples, grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. They are the authors of The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, which won the James Beard Award for Cookbook of the Year in 2007, and The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern, which won the IACP award for Best American Cookbook in 2011. They are contributing editors for Travel + Leisure and contributors on Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats.

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Tells the story behind every recipe.
Mary N. Crabtree
We read the Lee Bros. for their regional insights and personality sketches, as much as their recipes.
Betty Youngberg
Very well done, good recipes, easy to follow and sound delicious.
Annette

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Gates on March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you are from or have lived in the south for any amount of time (and actually cook) then most of these recipes will be second nature... The production and layout are by far the highest quality, but there just isn't anything new here apart from a few twists on traditional recipes. If you are new to southern cooking this is a great cookbook to start with. I would recommend starting with a double batch of their "shrimp butter" and then putting it on EVERYTHING!!!!
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The Lee brothers, Matt and Ted, deliver an exciting cookbook with classic recipes from Charleston, South Carolina. This interesting and enjoyable cookbook not only includes several mouth-watering recipes, but also charming stories about Charleston, making it a treasure trove for favorite recipes, with a delightful historical background. The authors include recipes for dinner, cocktails, dips, and much more. In addition, the colorful photos are as inspiring as the stories, while tempting you to try a few favorites. This amazing Charleston food culture with its elegant history intrigues as a variety of delicious recipes are offered, from flavorful soups to side dishes, to tasty appetizers. I'm a seafood lover, growing up on an Island, so I often crave for lobster, shrimp and creative crab recipes. The first recipe I was anxious to try is the Smothered Pork Chops, which are incredible in taste and flavor. In addition, there are recipes for different vegetables, and fish. Each recipe is easy-to-read, and simple to make. There are 100 classic recipes to choose from, and delightful personal stories to share with family and friends. I collect cookbooks, and this is my first with recipes from old-time favorites of Charleston, South Carolina. The She-Crab Soup has been selected to be the next recipe to try. A great gift idea for any chef, family, and friends. Entertaining, charming, and enjoyable. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam on January 29, 2014
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This is a hard book to rate, as a Charleston local I can pretty much cook most of these recipes by heart. So I purchased it more to support these guys ( Matt and Ted are very nice fellows) I do believe this cookbook does a great job at showing off Charleston's classic recipes, and their recipes are rather easy to follow. I only deduct one star because I feel like they omitted a few classic dishe(s) that I feel most Charlestonians grew up eating but alas i'm glad to see southern recipes not being drowned in butter and bacon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Sobeck on June 27, 2013
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I purchased this cookbook to give as a gift to a dear friend who lives in Charleston and is interested in creating local cuisine. She absolutely loves it. I had a chance to cook with her and read through the book and was impressed by the history inspired recipes.
As an example, there is a brief story told about pineapples... market inventories indicate pineapples have been sold in Charleston for hundreds of years, the Lee brothers had very few recipes that used pineapple today, so they went looking for recipes that used pineapples. Wonderful pineapple cornbread pudding recipe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Carr on May 5, 2013
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Good source for classic southern cooking which will be enjoyed by all.
A good variety with simple ingredients and clear directions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harvey on May 2, 2013
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I got it for my mother. She loved it. I highly recommend it for the cook in your family or any aspiring chef. Enjoy these dishes as our family has.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Charles R. Miller on March 7, 2013
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I sat down and did not come up until I had finished this absolutely fabulous book! Not only are the recipes to die for, I have tryed a new one everyday, but the stories are incredible. Upon buying this cookbook I did not now how those precious Lee Brothers could top their other two books but they have. The stories will keep you in stitches even if you don't ever try one of the recipes. I have already given two of these cookbooks as hostess gifts as it is just that incredible. Ted and Matt not only do themselves proud but also show how much fun Charleston and the surrounding area truly is. In the back there is a wonderful hand drawn map of all the places they talk about so that you can take a walk around Charleston and live the stories in the book. I would give this one ten stars if that was possible, you will truly be sorry if you miss this Southern Treasure......irene miller
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Format: Kindle Edition
We checked this book out from the library to test out a few recipes before buying, as we have way too many cookbooks. It was worth making room to buy our own copy. The recipe that put it over the top was the Herb-Roasted Turkey with Madeira Gravy. We decided to try it this past Thanksgiving. My sister and family were visiting and there were a lot of different tastes to please. My sister dislikes turkey to the point where frequently she doesn't even eat it. Imagine our pleasant surprise when not only did she eat it, she raved and went back for seconds, then asked for the recipe! We have tried a lot of complicated, messy, time consuming turkey recipes over twenty years. This was by far the easiest and most delicious turkey we have ever made, the gravy was heaven. Another favorite is Henry's Cheese Spread. Thank you Lee Bros!!!
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