September 12, 2011

The Gathering Place cookbook

Tribal member’s cooking featured in cookbook and TV

By Dawn ArneachJohnnie Sue Myers, an EBCI tribal member, has put together a cookbook of her own design flair from recipes she learned from her mother Ruth S. Littlejohn.

The Gathering Place covers recipes from wild game, venison, chicken, pork, potatoes, corn, breads to desserts.
And:In the last year, she was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” in the Appalachia episode. From his blog, “But not as awesome as spending a day on a trout stream with the lads from the local fly fishing school and then taking our catch up the hill to Johnny Sue Meyer’s house for a real Cherokee feast with roasted bear, sumac tossed sautéed trout and chestnut bread. Listening to Johnny Sue’s cousin say a Cherokee prayer in her native tongue, well I guess it’s our native tongue actually, and enjoying traditional recipes that are as old as the Cherokee Nation was a special experience. These are the dying breed stories that we try to capture whenever we are on the road with our cameras.”Comment:  For more on Native cookbooks, see Ponca Cookbook Against Domestic Violence and Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook.

Below:  "Johnnie Sue Myers sells her cookbook, The Gathering Place, and Cherokee crafts at the Great Island Festival last weekend at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum." (Dawn Arneach/One Feather contributor)

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