Charleston chef Sean Brock doesn’t deal in half-measures. Never has, and he wasn’t going to start with his definitive cookbook-that’s-way-more-than-a-cookbook. Called Heritage and published by Artisan Books, it hits shelves on Oct. 21. Here’s a first look at the cover of the tome that consumed much of Sean’s last three years.
The cover’s bold, from the capital lettering to its piercingly bright colors. Showcasing his inked arms, including a tribute to his home state of Virginia, it exudes the personal quality we expect from the book.
Sean’s been secretive about its contents. But the chef—an Outstanding Chef nominee at next week’s James Beard Awards—recently sat down with the James Beard Foundation and leaked a few details, proving what we already suspected: This is going to be one heck of an interesting read, one way or another.
From the James Beard Foundation blog:
I’ve been working on it for three years. Can you believe it? It’s gotten a bit out of hand, but I wanted to put it out when the time felt right. I dumped my brain into this book. It’s not a technique book, not a Husk book, not a cooking-at-home book. I didn’t want it to be any of those single things. There’s lots of writing: profiles on my favorite farmers and producers, stories behind recipes. It’s informative and funny. There are funny sidebars about things like building a championship barbecue pit in your backyard, or how to throw a party like a true Southerner. We were able to piece it all together with a beautiful flow. The photography is also fantastic.
He even let slip a few recipes that will appear:
Everything. My sister’s chocolate éclair cake, my Grandma’s stack cakes, the way I roast a chicken at home, verbatim Husk recipes, verbatim McCrady’s recipes. There’s a great cocktail chapter. All the desserts are family recipes—they were good at those. The Husk cheeseburger’s in there. My deviled eggs, pimento cheese, fried chicken…. all the standards. No secrets were held back.
We can’t wait to read Sean’s new cookbook. Until Oct. 21, check out his ten favorite ones.