Tune in to this week’s episode of Chef’s Story as Dorothy Cann Hamilton chats with Sean Brock again, this time to celebrate the release of his book, Heritage. Sean is the chef behind the game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady’s, and his first book offers all of his inspired recipes. With a drive to preserve the heritage foods of the South, Brock cooks dishes that are ingredient-driven and reinterpret the flavors of his youth in Appalachia and his adopted hometown of Charleston. The recipes in Heritage include all the comfort food (think food to eat at home) and high-end restaurant food (fancier dishes when there’s more time to cook) for which he has become so well-known. Brock’s interpretation of Southern favorites like Pickled Shrimp, Hoppin’ John, and Chocolate Alabama Stack Cake sit alongside recipes for Crispy Pig Ear Lettuce Wraps, Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder with Tomato Gravy, and Baked Sea Island Red Peas. This is a very personal book, with headnotes that explain Brock’s background and give context to his food and essays in which he shares his admiration for the purveyors and ingredients he cherishes. This program was brought to you by Whole Foods Market.
“The cuisine of the south is dictated by the terroir and geography. The south is insanely diverse.” [04:00]
“The history of Charleston cooking is amazing. if you look back you can see cuisine dating back to the 17th century. when you have that information to access – it’s amazing.” [12:00]
–Sean Brock on Chef’s Story