Johnnie Sue Myers is a Cherokee Elder whose passion
for preserving her culinary heritage has culminated in
her first cookbook: The Gathering
Place — Traditional Cherokee Dishes
and Southern Appalachian Cooking
Her specialties are the preparation
of wild game meats and the gathering and preparation of wild vegetables in the Cherokee and Southern
Johnnie Sue says, “My kitchen is ‘The Gathering Place’
where four generations of my family have gathered to
share special events, deaths, births, weddings, graduations, super bowls; and each event took place with food prepared by me, with recipes that I created or were passed down by family members...
...These memories are priceless." - we invite you to check out some of Johnnie Sue's favorite recipes here > Free Cherokee Recipes ...
Or watch her live on WLOS-TV, our local ABC affiliate > Johnnie Sue cooking on the 'Carolina Kitchen'...
GREAT NEWS: We are proud to announce that Johnnie Sue was featured in an issue of the locally acclaimed WNC Magazine. Go here to check out the article on her and her family WNC Magazine’s A Welcoming Table.
The Cherokee syllabary at the top reads "Tsa la gi A da sta yv di" – "Cherokee Cooking"
Johnnie Sue was featured on the “Appalachia” episode of The Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.
In the episode, Johnnie prepared a traditional Cherokee dinner that included sumac-seasoned trout, chestnut bread and bear.
Watch a short clip from the show here - Or read Andrew's blog post about his visit with Johnnie here...