Reviews

 

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "He's the Oscar Wilde of Charleston, aesthete of okra, oysters, pilaf and benne. John Martin Taylor -- writer, cook, culinary bookseller and Lowcountry bon vivant...is emperor of his own line of foodstuffs (from grits and cornmeal to relishes and preserves), he is sought after as a speaker, a recipe-contest judge and a chef-demonstrator. And this spring, Hoppin' John's Charleston, Beaufort & Savannah -- a gorgeous coffee-table book celebrating 15 of the region's loveliest homes, replete with Lowcountry recipes -- arrived....With three books out and another one on the way, John Martin Taylor of Charleston, South Carolina, is the South's answer to Martha Stewart."

Savannah Morning News: "Hoppin' John's Charleston, Beaufort & Savannah combines Taylor's considerable artistic talent with his singular gift for writing clear, workable recipes. Not only is the book some of his best writing, but it proves that his creative eye is very much alive and as keen as ever....The book is a practically seamless work, where house, table setting, food, recipes, and even the picture composition come together to form a single, cohesive impression....The result is a rare thing...a style book that is 100 percent real."

Gourmet: "Hoppin' John's Charleston, Beaufort & Savannah is one of the rare works capable of pleasing both would-be museum docents, menu-followers, and those who wonder what the spring air smells like in this particular corner of the planet. One of the book's charms is the unmentioned contrast between the exquisite flower-filled historic homes ... and the 'So let's eat already' approach of the economically written recipes (sausage biscuits, fried catfish, corn bread, sweet potato pie, good old wilted spinach, Sally Lunn with a hint of black pepper)."