The Saltwater Table (Hardcover)

Recipes from the Coastal South

By Whitney Otawka, Emily Dorio (By (photographer))

Abrams, 9781419738159, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 22, 2019

List Price: 40.00*
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A culinary travel fantasy, celebrating the food of the Southeastern coast 

Whitney Otawka is the award-winning chef of Greyfield, a celebrated Carnegie-built inn located on Cumberland Island, Georgia—a magical and remote barrier island that has been left undeveloped as a National Seashore. Cumberland Island and the exceptional local ingredients to be found there are Otawka’s muse, inspiring her to celebrate the beloved food found along the Southeast coast. Offering a modern perspective on southern flavors with a strong emphasis on vegetables and fresh ingredients, the book contains 125 approachable and flavorful recipes, such as summer tomatoes topped with crispy okra, flakey buttermilk biscuits with ginger-spiked jam, and sweet Atlantic shrimp poached with beer, citrus, and bay leaves. This beautifully photographed book also shows us how to enjoy iconic southern meals, everything from an oyster roast, to a fish fry, to a Low Country boil. The Saltwater Table transports readers to the mysterious, lush Cumberland Island, allowing us to recreate a taste of this vibrant world in our own kitchens. 

About the Author

Whitney Otawka is the chef of Greyfield Inn, on Cumberland Island, Georgia. She previously worked as a sous chef at Hugh Acheson’s 5&10 and has held stages at Per Se, Le Bernadin, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Otawka appeared on season nine of Top Chef

Praise For The Saltwater Table: Recipes from the Coastal South

“Whitney Otawka shows us that the South has so much more to discover and so much more to taste. The Saltwater Table reveals the rewards of reverently exploring a place, its people, and its products.”

— Sean Brock, James Beard Award-winning chef and author of Heritage

“In this transcendent new book, a love letter to the cuisine and the culture of the South Atlantic Coast, you can smell the brine of the water and feel the sand between your toes as you drift through the delectable recipes and stories.”

— Edward Lee, chef and author of Smoke and Pickles and Buttermilk Graffiti

“It has been my privilege to enjoy Whitney Otawka’s food several times on Cumberland Island. Her knowledge, plus her creativity and passion, makes her an excellent cook, and readers of this beautiful book can learn a lot from her.”

— Jacques Pépin, James Beard Award–winning chef and author