Long before Pinterest, there was the community cookbook, an authentic collection of shared recipes that told the story of a people and a place. We cooked from dozens of our dog-eared favorites to unearth vintage recipes for today's home cook.
A Charleston grande dame compiled the recipes from other prominent families on the peninsula and shipped them north to be tested in the New York Herald-Tribune Institute’s test kitchen. The result: a seminal cookbook that paints a detailed portrait of how the well heeled ate during the early 20th century, about two decades before the arrival of the more egalitarian Charleston Receipts. We love the book’s historical notes, its photos of Charleston vendors, especially Ralph Bennett, aka Honey Man, and the amount of ink dedicated to the town’s generous way with shrimp, crabs, and fish. Too bad this one’s out of print —vintage cookbook sellers list it as high as $800.