Gullah Geechee Home Cooking

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Banana Bread excerpted from Gullah Geechee Home Cooking: Recipes from the Matriarch of Edisto Island by Emily Meggett. Photography by Clay Williams.

Gullah Geechee Home Cooking: Recipes from the Matriarch of Edisto Island by Emily Meggett

The history of the Gullah and Geechee people stretches back centuries, when enslaved members of this community were historically isolated from the rest of the South because of their location on the Sea Islands of coastal South Carolina and Georgia. Today, this Lowcountry community represents the most direct living link to the traditional culture, language, and foodways of their West African ancestors.

Gullah Geechee Home Cooking, written by Emily Meggett, the matriarch of Edisto Island, is the preeminent Gullah cookbook. At 89 years old, and with more than 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Meggett is a respected elder in the Gullah community of South Carolina.

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