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Sallie Ann Robinson

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.

Accession Number

A2017.045

Sex

Female

Interview Date

02/09/2017

Last Name

Robinson

Middle Name

Ann

Organizations
Schools

Mary Field School

H.E. McCracken High School

Savannah Technical College

Bartlett Middle School

First Name

Sallie

Birth City, State, Country

Daufuskie Island

HM ID

ROB32

Favorite Season

Spring

State

South Carolina

Favorite Vacation Destination

Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

Favorite Quote

Life Is Precious.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Georgia

Birth Date

8/4/1958

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Savannah

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Seafood

Short Description

Chef and culinary historian Sallie Ann Robinson (1958 - ) authored the cookbooks Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way and Cooking the Gullah Way, Morning, Noon, and Night. She also worked as a personal chef and culinary instructor.

Employment

Hilton Head Inn

Piggly Wiggly Corporation

BAYADA Home Health Care

Favorite Color

Red, Black

DAStories

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