By Carole Robinson, Staff Writer
Miss Daisy King is known for her southern cookbooks – she’s been creating them for 34 years. Recently she embarked on a new type of cookbook. The books are called the Historic Hospitality series but she refers to them as the “Meet Me at…” books. The books offer a taste of various regions of the country and they provide historical background.
To create the books and the recipes, Miss Daisy has been traveling all over the country looking for special places to spotlight – historic hotels, homes, historical societies and museums that serve food.
“Food is such an important part of our language and our lifestyle,” she said.
Four of the books are now in bookstores and souvenir shops. “Meet me at the Belle Meade Plantation,” “Meet me at the Hermitage Hotel,” “Meet me on St. Simons Island” and “Meet Me on Jekyll Island” each includes historical background, a blend of old sepia and black and white photos contrasting with more recent color photos and, of course delicious recipes.
Each book in the series will include 50 recipes – six to 10 contributed by chefs on staff at the location and the remaining are Daisy King representations indigenous to the areas.
“I have enough knowledge about food all across the United States,” said Miss Daisy, who has been in the food industry “all my life.” She owned a restaurant for 17 years, is a certified home economist and studies food everyday. “That’s my passion. I go to sleep reading books about food.”
To create the taste of the book’s region, Daisy gets to know the areas by going to farmer’s markets, learning what grows there, visiting numerous popular restaurants, talking to the hotel concierges, reading the food sections in the local newspapers and sometimes talking to food editors.
”I study, I ask questions about food,” she said. The series has “Been an historic exercise for me. “In Iowa for example – there’s a lot of corn and beef – not seafood.”
The Historical Hospitality series was an idea born in 2008 by Andy Miller, former owner of Hillsboro Press. He visited several sites to pitch the idea. The managers or owners were on board, but the economy wasn’t. In 2011, Southwestern Publishing Company brought the idea came back to life.
“We’re going to meet me all over the United States,” Daisy said.
The books can be found at the Grassland Market where Miss Daisy has her own corner filled with books, foodie gift items and plenty of home cooked food items – all made using her own recipes, online at missdaisyking.com, area bookstores and at the historical locations that inspired the books.
They make great gifts, souvenirs or additions to the home library.
Posted on: 11/6/2012