While I’ve never been to Charleston, I have a feeling the new book from Matt and Ted Lee provides a very good taste of what South Carolina has to offer. Matt and Ted got in touch with us because they rely on our cornmeal for their recipes. It’s hard to please a Southerner with a cornmeal, so we were honored to hear that ours passed muster in their homes.
Each recipe in this book is accompanied by an introduction with tips on how to serve the dish and the fond memories the recipe sparks for the brothers. Some recipes were collected from favorite restaurants, while others are uniquely their own. The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen is filled with quintessential Southern dishes that anyone can recognize like Shrimp and Grits and Smothered Pork Chops, and more unique dishes like Shark Sandwich (where do you buy shark anyway?) and Tomato and Watermelon Gazpacho. The Lee brothers provide a lesson in how to boil peanuts to perfection and tips for buying crab, as well as how to make a mean Moonshine Martini.
This book is not for the vegetarian or vegan, however, unless you wish to subsist on the perfect Gin and Tonic and Pan Roasted Okra, Corn and Tomatoes (though that does sound like a great meal). There are a handful of vegetarian recipes here, but the book is centered around amazing preparations of seafood with a smattering of chicken, beef and pork dishes. Of course, the book runs the full gamut from drink to dessert, so you can plan a Charleston meal in true style.
Containing over 100 recipes, most accompanied by full-color photos, The Lee Bros. is truly a trip to the South. If you should make it to Charleston, you’ll find a lovely Walking and Driving Tour with the best bites and sites from the book. We’ll have a recipe to share next week for Pineapple Cornbread Pudding.
So you love the the idea of this book, but don’t want to put in the effort? Ted and Matt also have an online shop where you can order boiled peanuts, pickles, preserves, baked goods and more! Did I mention the brothers got their start selling boiled peanuts online? Check out the store- it’s quite fun. Moonpies, anyone?
We have three copies of this beautiful book to giveaway. Each copy will be paired with a bag of our organic unbleached white flour and our organic medium-grind cornmeal. To enter, simply follow the directions in the app below. If you have an issue with it, let me know in the comments and I’ll try to help you sort it out. We’ll pick three winners from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 2/5/13.