Steven Satterfield On Cooking With His Grandma And His Latest Cookbook

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About Steven Satterfield

Raised in Savannah, Georgia, Satterfield grew up as the only member of his family allowed in his grandmother’s kitchen. But while he was interested in cooking from a young age, in a way, it was his time as a touring musician in the ‘90s dream pop band, Seely, that led him to his career in restaurants. He went on to open a James Beard recognized restaurant called Miller Union in Atlanta, and just released his second cookbook, Vegetable Revelations:Inspiration for Produce Forward Cooking.

What Steven Satterfield Talks About In This Episode

  • His career as a musician
  • Growing up in Savannah, Georgia
  • His grandmother's cooking
  • Homemade biscuits every morning
  • Opening Miller Union in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Being in a '90s dream pop band, Seely
  • His second cookbook, Vegetable Revelations:Inspiration for Produce Forward Cooking
  • Growing up on the water and the connection to the marsh
  • The time Mick Jagger dined at his restaurant

Quotes From Steven Satterfield

"Live music is much like eating at a restaurant because you're going to be presented with something and consume it, whether it's through your ears or through your mouth, and it's over when it's over, but you get a feeling, right? And I think that's the thing that is so cool about both, that they can be presented in a way that can give you an impression and a feeling, and can make you just excited or revved up, or calm and relaxed, or whatever it might be. There's a lot of different emotions you can experience. Food is definitely very sensory. And it's something we have to do every day to survive, but it's also pleasurable." - Steven Satterfield

Steven Satterfield

My grandmother was an impeccable cook. She was one of those people that just had the Midas touch. Everything was always perfect, but it was super simple and there was some technique and nuance to her food that was just kind of passed down. And anybody on my mom's side will tell you... We all have really fond memories of her food. She made biscuits every single morning. She had a whole case of jams and jellies and pickles and preserves in her basement. And she was just really in tune with the seasons. We also spent a lot of time on the front porch shelling peas and stringing beans and shucking corn because that was really a requirement. If you're gonna eat at her home, you have to help do the work–you know–earn your keep.

— Steven Satterfield

"When you grow up in a place, and you feel like you were fostered in a culture, and you get some legacies that are passed down, it's a gift that you have to treasure and hold on to and respect and also pass down yourself... Especially growing up in a place like Savannah. There's so much history there. And I felt like there were a lot of things that I don't want to forget and I wanna hold on to and share with others. And something about just the state of Georgia, I have a real affinity for. I think it's a really unique place." - Steven Satterfield

About Biscuits & Jam

In the South, talking about food is personal. It's a way of sharing your history, your family, your culture, and yourself. Each week Sid Evans, editor in chief of Southern Living, sits down with celebrity musicians to hear stories of how they grew up, what inspired them, and how they've been shaped by Southern culture. Sid takes us back to some of their most cherished memories and traditions, the family meals they still think about, and their favorite places to eat on the road.Download and listen to this episode of Biscuits & Jam with Steven Satterfield on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, or everywhere podcasts are available.

Editor’s Note: Please be mindful that this transcript does not go through our standard editorial process and may contain inaccuracies and grammatical errors.

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