June 2020

21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Sallie Ann Robinson

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

Sallie Ann Robinson
Author, Chef, Daufuskie Guide Daufuskie Island

Sallie Ann Robinson is the kindof person you hug when you first meet her. She has a joy and spark that comes from within, and you can’t help but love her immediately. A Daufuskie Island native, Robinson was the character named Ethel in Pat Conroy’s bookThe Water Is Wide. She was among the students Conroy taught in that one-room school-house during his time on Daufuskie Island. Robinson went on to write her own books: Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way and Cooking the Gullah Way, Morning, Noon, and Night, which contain a mixture of authentic Gullah recipes, folklore, memoirs, and documentation of the Gullah dialect spoken by island natives. She’s been featured in CH2 magazine several times, as well as in the latest issue of Garden & Gun and an upcoming issue of O Magazine. We highly recommend spending a day on Daufuskie with Sallie while vacationing in our area. Visit tourdaufuskie.com for more information.

What do you think makes Daufuskie Island such a special place?
It’s peaceful and bridgeless. Dirt roads, huge oak trees draped with Spanish moss, and the people. For me, this is home.

What is the most frequently asked question you get from our visitors, and what is your answer?
How do you live on this island with no stores and shopping centers? I tell them it’s simple; you don’t need it until you need it! And then we take a trip over to the mainland and stock up.

When you aren’t giving our Lowcountry visitors tours of Daufuskie Island, where can we find you and what are you doing?
I’ll be cleaning up the yard, cooking, always writing a new book.

If you could advise our visitors to do just one thing while they were here, what would it be?
Go to the beach.

Favorite annual event or festival?
Daufuskie Day

What is your favorite thing in the whole wide world to cook?
Seafood! Shrimp, crab, oysters, fish.

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