Judging by the region’s prolific output of spiral bounds in the last 100 years, coastal South Carolina and Georgia are fertile ground for community cookbooks. Do Lowcountry cooks have more to say and share? Or are the women’s groups behind the books more active fund-raisers? Hard to say. What we do know is that Bluffton, SC may have more fun than any town by the looks of Great Cooks Rise. This book takes us out of a humid church basement kitchen onto the breezy bluff overlooking the May River. On the table? Start backwards with a dessert from the “Sweets” chapter, which features everything from cakes, tortes, crisps, puddings, and tarts to cobblers, trifles, brûlées, sherbets, and cookies. Then flip forward to “Appetizers” and ponder the treatise on the tomato sandwich on page 18. Everything reads delicious in between.
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