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Heritage Hardcover – October 21, 2014
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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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 five restaurants: Husk, McCrady’s, and Minero in Charleston, South Carolina; Husk in Nashville, Tennessee; and Minero in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 résumé includes Iron Chef America and hosting season 2 of the Emmy Award–winning Mind of a Chef. His cookbook, Heritage (Artisan), is a New York Times bestseller and winner of both the 2015 James Beard Award for Best Book of the Year in American Cooking and the 2015 IACP Julia Child First Book Award. Raised in rural Virginia, Brock is passionate about preserving and restoring heirloom ingredients. He divides his time between Charleston and Nashville.
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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. I made the polenta but instead of water I used 1 cup of cream, 1 cup of milk & I cup chicken broth. After the polenta was finished I added Parmesan reggiano cheese and topped it with ramps! Delicious & creamy. I also made his prime rib after special ordering my meat, in order to get prime grade. It was magnificent! I recommend you give it a try, it's soo good!
Beautiful photos, great stories within of the people responsible for Sean Brock's learning, and a great insight to Low Country food for the home cook, professional chef, or all around curious foodie.
This is by way of background. It may help those who want to use this book, in their own home cooking, to understand why many of Sean's very cool recipes are complicated and time consuming. Sean's ingredients can be pretty esoteric and hard to find as well for many people in North America or Europe. Nonetheless, Heritage is both inspirational and aspirational... and I'm sure this is what Sean intended.
The recipes aren't difficult, but some of the ingredients will be hard to find in Pennsylvania. But there are plenty of dishes that will be on my menu. Sean Brock is serious about his food and I applaud Heritage for helping to keep real cooking alive.
PS - The Cracklin' Cornbread was served at Husk and the recipe in his book is the one used in the restaurant - the best Cornbread ever!!