Vibration Cooking

Vibration Cooking: Or, the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl
Cover from the first edition
Author Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor
Country United States
Language English
Subject Soul food
Gullah culture
Genre Cookbook
Published 1970 (Doubleday)

Vibration Cooking: Or, the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl is the 1970 debut book by Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor and combines recipes with storytelling.[1] It was published by Doubleday.[2] A second edition was published in 1986,[3] and a third edition was published in 1992.[4] The University of Georgia published another edition in 2011.[5] Smart-Grosvenor went on to publish more cookbooks after Vibration Cooking.[6] Vibration Cooking raised awareness about Gullah culture.[7] Scholar Anne E. Goldman compared Vibration Cooking with Jessica Harris' Iron Pots and Wooden Spoons, arguing that, in both books, "the model of the self... is historicized by being developed in the context of colonialism."[8] Scholar Lewis V. Baldwin recommended Vibration Cooking for its "interesting and brilliant insights on the social significance of food and eating and their relationship to 'place' in a southern context."[9] The book inspired filmmaker Julie Dash to make the film Daughters of the Dust, which won awards at the Sundance Film Festival.[10]

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  1. Edgar (2006), p. 410.
  2. Lauderdale, David (October 12, 2013). "Lowcountry Gives the World New Flavor through Vertamae Grosvenor". The Island Packet. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  3. Witt (2001), p. 227.
  4. Fretz, Sada (April 17, 1992). "Vibration Cooking or the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  5. Allen, Jeff (March 1, 2011). "The Southern Foodways Alliance Shares the Stories of the South at the Potlikker Film Festival". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  6. Lauderdale, David (September 12, 2013). "Artist Jonathan Green Stirs Up New Look at Lowcountry's Rice Past". The Island Packet. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  7. Cohen, Susan. "Twenty Years Later, Julie Dash's Film Daughters of the Dust Continues to Inspire: A Gullah Story". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  8. Goldman (1996), p. 44.
  9. Baldwin (1991), p. 35.
  10. Parker, Adam (November 1, 2014). "Filmmaker Julie Dash to Make Documentary of Culinary Griot Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor". The Post and Courier. Retrieved March 21, 2015.


  • Baldwin, Lewis V. (1991). There is a Balm in Gilead: The Cultural Roots of Martin Luther King, Jr. Augsburg Fortress. ISBN 1451412983. 
  • Edgar, Walter B. (2006). The South Carolina Encyclopedia. University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 1570035989. 
  • Goldman, Anne E. (1996). Take My Word: Autobiographical Innovations of Ethnic American Working Women. University of California Press. ISBN 0520916360. 
  • Witt, Doris (2001). Sherrie A. Inness, ed. ""My Kitchen Was the World": Vertamae Smart Grosvenor's Geechee Diaspora". Kitchen Culture in America: Popular Representations of Food, Gender, and Race. University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 0812217357. 
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