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Taste the State: South Carolina’s Signature Foods, Recipes, and Their Stories

October 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Taste the State book cover

Come meet Kevin Mitchell, co-author with David Shields of Taste the State: South Carolina’s Signature Foods, Recipes, and Their Stories, at a book signing on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 2 – 4pm at Shop Historic Charleston, 108 Meeting Street.

This event is free and open to the public.

In Taste the State, Kevin Mitchell and David S. Shields present surprising stories and engaging profiles of eighty-two of South Carolina’s most distinctive ingredients, such as Carolina Gold rice, Sea Island White Flint corn, and the cone-shaped Charleston Wakefield cabbage, and signature dishes, such as shrimp and grits, chicken bog, okra soup, Frogmore stew, and crab rice. These portraits, illustrated with original photographs and historical drawings, provide origin stories, tales of kitchen creativity, and agricultural innovation throughout the Palmetto State.

Taste the State presents the cultural histories of native ingredients and showcases the evolution of the dishes and the variety of preparations that have emerged. Here you will find true Carolina cooking in all of its cultural depth, historical vividness, and sumptuous splendor.

Kevin Mitchell is the first African American chef instructor at the Culinary Institute of Charleston in South Carolina. In 2020 he was named a South Carolina Chef Ambassador. David S. Shields is Carolina Distinguished Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina, chair of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation, author of numerous books, and the recipient of the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award.