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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Chef
Culinary Historian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red, Black
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Life Is Precious.

Birthplace

Born:
8/4/1958
Birth Location:
Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Chef
Culinary Historian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red, Black
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Life Is Precious.

Birthplace

Born:
8/4/1958
Birth Location:
Daufuskie Island
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Biography

Chef and culinary historian Sallie Ann Robinson was born on August 4, 1958 on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina to Albertha Robinson Stafford and Alton Ward, Sr. She attended Mary Fields School on Daufuskie Island. Robinson was featured as the character Ethel in the 1972 memoir, The Water is Wide written by her teacher Pat Conroy. She then moved to Savannah, Georgia, to attend Bartlett Middle School, but returned to South Carolina, where she graduated from Bluffton’s H.E. McCracken High School in 1975.

After living and working at the William Hilton Inn on Hilton Head Island, Robinson moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There, she became a licensed practical nurse for BAYADA Home Health Care before returning to Daufuskie Island. In 1991, Robinson began working as a home health care nurse and as the secretary and manager of a cleaning company. Encouraged by a client, she began collecting recipes and stories of the Gullah community for a cookbook of foods from her childhood. Robinson worked with other natives of Daufuskie Island during the late 1980s to launch Daufuskie Island Day, which was observed on the fourth Saturday in June. In 2008, Robinson created the Daufuskie Island Tours. She also served a council woman on the Daufuskie Island board. She went on to work as a personal chef, and private culinary instructor. She was also featured on numerous television shows for her culinary skills including The QVC Show, The 700 Club, CN8’s Your Morning Show and the Food Network. In 2010, Robinson was invited to give a presentation and dinner on the cuisine of the Gullah peoples at the Smithsonian Institution for attendees from West Africa and Ghana.

Robinson’s first book Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2003. Then, in 2006, she released Cooking the Gullah Way, Morning, Noon, and Night. Robinson was highlighted in many publications including Southern Living, National Geographic, Hilton Head Monthly, The South Magazine, Garden and Gun, and Bon Appetit.

Robinson has four children: Thomas Bush, Rakenya Robinson, Jermaine Robinson, and Charles Simmons IV.

Sallie Ann Robinson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 9, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sallie Ann Robinson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sallie Ann Robinson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sallie Ann Robinson describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sallie Ann Robinson describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sallie Ann Robinson describes her father and stepfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sallie Ann Robinson lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sallie Ann Robinson describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers the Mary Fields School on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sallie Ann Robinson recalls learning about the history of Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sallie Ann Robinson describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers her sixth grade teacher, Pat Conroy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers watching television as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Sallie Ann Robinson describes the house where she grew up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sallie Ann Robinson describes how food was preserved on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sallie Ann Robinson talks about transportation on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sallie Ann Robinson describes the medical care on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sallie Ann Robinson describes the medical care on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sallie Ann Robinson talks about emigration from Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sallie Ann Robinson reflects upon what she learned from Pat Conroy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sallie Ann Robinson reflects upon what she learned from Pat Conroy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers Pat Conroy's conflict with the school superintendent
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers leaving Daufuskie Island to pursue education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers her interests during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers learning to use a shotgun
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers hunting and fishing on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sallie Ann Robinson recalls the attitudes toward swimming on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sallie Ann Robinson talks about the importance of learning to cook
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers learning the terms Gullah and Geechee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sallie Ann Robinson talks about her relationship to the mainland as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers her first job after high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sallie Ann Robinson talks about her children and her move to Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sallie Ann Robinson recalls earning her nursing license
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sallie Ann Robinson talks about her experiences as a home care nurse
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sallie Ann Robinson describes the changes in the economy on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sallie Ann Robinson talks about the history of tourism on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sallie Ann Robinson describes the impact of commercial development on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sallie Ann Robinson talks about the dispossession of native residents on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sallie Ann Robinson talks about her ancestors on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers the First Union African Baptist Church on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers her early love of cooking
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers starting her first cookbook
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sallie Ann Robinson talks about 'Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sallie Ann Robinson talks about her second book, 'Cooking the Gullah Way, Morning, Noon, and Night'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers recipes from her childhood
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sallie Ann Robinson talks about eating game meat
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sallie Ann Robinson reflects upon the misrepresentations of Gullah culture
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sallie Ann Robinson reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sallie Ann Robinson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sallie Ann Robinson describes her concerns for the future of Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sallie Ann Robinson reflects upon Pat Conroy's portrayal of Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sallie Ann Robinson talks about cooking in people's homes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sallie Ann Robinson remembers her talk at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sallie Ann Robinson reflects upon her role in the future of Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sallie Ann Robinson narrates her photographs