My original copy of Charleston Receipts from my grandmother. It was a wedding gift dating back to 1952.

Humble and Historic: Community Cookbooks and Their Ability to Preserve a People and Place in Time

Christmas, 2016. I opened an unassuming package with a handmade tag from my grandmother. Inside was a slightly worse for wear, wire bound cookbook titled, Charleston Receipts. Amongst the chaos of other family members ravaging through their gifts, she said, “that cookbook was a wedding gift from my mother-in-law.” This being…