What kind of recipes will appear in Kardea Brown’s upcoming cookbook? It’ll no doubt be true to Brown’s roots. “I like to say that Gullah Geechee is the fabric of Southern cooking. It is the very foundation of it,” Brown told Cuisine Noir. The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission says this group’s cooking developed during slavery, and it’s about making the most of what’s available: things like fruits and vegetables (including okra imported from Africa) and local seafood. As Brown told the L.A. Watts Times, she got the crab for making crab macaroni and cheese on her show from her own backyard.
While Southern food is often equated with lots of butter and fat, that’s not always the case with Brown’s traditional Gullah cooking. As Garden & Gun noted, a lot of her recipes are light and fresh. “I wanted to show the world that African-American people don’t just fry chicken and eat collard greens swimming in meat,” Brown told G&G.
Some of Brown’s Gullah staples include okra stew, shrimp and grits, and stewed lima beans (via Southern Living). Some easy Gullah desserts Brown mentioned to the L.A. Watts Times are lemon soda bundt cake and blackberry hand pie — so called because it’s small enough to fit in your hand.
With all that good stuff likely to be found in a Kardea Brown cookbook, fall 2022 can’t come soon enough.