I was born on Edisto Island, S.C. where I spent my early years with my beloved maternal grandmother, Susan Jenkins, whom I called “Mama” but affectionately known as “Mama Doonk” in the community. I was interested in cooking from an early age and watched attentively as my grandmother and mother, a skilled cook who worked for a wealthy white south of Broad Street family in downtown Charleston, prepared the family meals, always involving me from an early age. I am also the great-granddaughter of Henry Hutchinson, who built the historical and enigmatic Hutchinson House, and the great-great granddaughter of James “Jim” Hutchinson and Francis William “Judge” Reed, who were two of the legendary “kings” of Edisto Island. My life is about preserving my culture which is evident in my books and line of spices. I love speaking the Gullah Language and singing Old Negro spirituals at my lectures.
A TOUCH OF GULLAH FOR EVERYONE
Mama Doonk's Gullah is the culmination of over 4 generations of Gullah family recipes, stories and history. Through our books and products we want to share the culture of a forgotten people with rich history and a story to tell. Each and every product we offer carries some specific significance within the Gullah culture and African-American history. We hope that you enjoy our offerings and learn something new about us and our ancestors.