"G" is for Grosvenor, Vertamae (1938-2016)

Aug 28, 2018

Credit SC Public Radio

"G" is for Grosvenor, Vertamae (1938-2016). Writer, culinary anthropologist. A native of Allendale County, Grosvenor moved with her family to Philadelphia when she was ten. After high school she lived in Paris and traveled throughout Europe. During her travels she became interested in the African diaspora and how African foods and recipes traveled and changed as a result of it. Her first book, Vibration Cooking or the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl was published in 1970. It is a unique combination of recipes, reminiscences, and stories from family and friends. It shows her strong devotion to the Gullah/Geechee people as well as a growing interest in Afro-Atlantic foodways and culinary history. Vertamae Grosvenor is perhaps best known as a regular contributor to National Public Radio--where she was a commentator on All Things Considered.