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A Taste of Living Charleston: Lowcountry Dishes Anyone Can Cook


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Get ready for deliciousness with this easy-to-follow cookbook and storied Southern recipes that anyone can cook and enjoy!

Bring your appetite, attention, and taste buds for this lively, luscious cookbook by an eleventh generation Charlestonian and a national award-winning real estate agent.


A Taste of Living in Charleston offers shortcuts to many of those storied (mostly Southern) recipes you’ve heard about but didn’t have time to try. An accumulation of over forty years of cooking, recipes are largely collected from the author’s family and friends. Additionally, this easy-to-read cookbook is designed to make it easy to cook and enjoy good food without spending all day in the kitchen. Hence the author’s motto: “If I can cook it, so can you.” (Fair warning: “If you are afraid of fat and gravies and bacon and butter and cheese and sour cream . . . this isn’t the book for you,” advises the author.) The cookbook blends two of Bobby’s biggest passions—real estate and cooking.

Lavishly illustrated with color photographs, recipes start with Breads, Breakfast and Brunch (Biscuits! Quiche! Sausage Balls!), Cocktails (finally- a decent recipe for egg nog!), and Appetizers (Hot Spinach Crab Dip!). Also Salads and Entrees (Shrimp and Grits, Gumbo, Lemon Chicken!), and Sides (Vegetable Casserole, Sweet n’ Sour Beans, Bacon Gravy!). Be sure to save room for Dessert (Pecan, Peach, Chocolate and Lemon pies! Mm, mm, good!)


Recipes are formatted in dual columns. Ingredients are on the left.

Directions are on the right. Recipes are laid out in a step-by-step format that’s easy to follow. Preparation and cooking times and number of servings are included. Even novice cooks will find these recipes easy to follow.


All in about 100 pages, followed by an extensive Index. 'Fize you, I’d grab the nearest knife and fork and get ready to dig in!


Bonus points: Proceeds benefit the Helpers Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic.

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Avid host and Real Estate Agent-turned cookbook author Bobby Shealy shows any cook, regardless of experience, that you can prepare delicious, beautiful meals using quick, easy, and simple shortcuts. Making dishes in advance for the freezer, such as appetizers and dessert, lightens the load on the day of entertaining. Entrees and side dishes can be made a day ahead to avoid the last minute rush in the kitchen. The glorious photos featuring the charms of classic and historic Charleston, and the surrounding shoreline, give this cookbook an extraordinary sense of place.

“I love to feed people. I love the feeling I get seeing people take pleasure in what I have
cooked and planned. They get pleasure from eating, and I get pleasure
watching them eat what I have created,” says Bobby. “
Enjoy recipes like:
• Tomato Grits Casserole
• Wicked Charleston Party Sauce
• Lowcountry Shrimp and Sausage Casserole
• Sweet and Sour Green Beans
• Blackberry Wine Cake
• Dreamsicle Mimosas
Filled with classics of the Lowcountry culled from the family recipe box, with modern touches, this book is for every host looking to entertain with ease. Bobby’s
motto is “If I can cook it, so can you!”

About the author

Bobby Shealy is an eleventh generation Charlestonian and a member of The Society of First Families of South Carolina 1670 to 1700. In his free time, garden has been featured in Southern Living magazine, and he is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). view profile

Published on November 18, 2021

Published by Mascot

20000 words

Genre: Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits

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