This culinary travel fantasy, celebrating the food of the Southeastern coast, is by Whitney Otawka, the award-winning chef of Greyfield, a celebrated Carnegie-built inn located on Cumberland Island, Georgia—a magical and remote barrier island that has been left undeveloped as a National Seashore.
Cumberland Island and the exceptional local ingredients to be found there are Otawka’s muse, inspiring her to celebrate the beloved food found along the Southeast coast. Offering a modern perspective on southern flavors with a strong emphasis on vegetables and fresh ingredients, the book contains 125 approachable and flavorful recipes, such as:
Summer Tomatoes Topped with Crispy Okra
Flakey Buttermilk Biscuits with Ginger-Spiked Jam
Sweet Atlantic Shrimp Poached with Beer, Citrus, and Bay Leaves
Shrimp Escabeche with Sungold Tomatoes
Spaghetti Squash with Pecorino Romano Cream and Walnuts
Banana Leaf-Wrapped Snapper
And much more!
This beautifully photographed book also shows us how to enjoy iconic southern meals, everything from an oyster roast to a fish fry to a Low Country boil.
Otawka writes in her introduction, “Layer upon layer, century upon century, the history and the people that have called Cumberland home have sculpted a unique place. It is this wild isolated nature that over the centuries added to it lore.” The Saltwater Table transports readers to the mysterious, lush Cumberland Island, allowing us to recreate a taste of this vibrant world in our own kitchens.