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Saltbox Seafood Joint Cookbook
Ricky Moore


Ricky Moore was born and reared in the North Carolina coastal town of New Bern, where catching and eating fresh fish and shellfish is what people do. Today, Moore is one of the most widely admired chefs to come out of the region. In this cookbook, he tells the story of how he started his wildly popular Saltbox Seafood Joint® restaurants and food truck in Durham, North Carolina. Moore, a formally trained chef, was led by a culinary epiphany in the famous wet markets of Singapore to start a restaurant focused purely on the food inspired by the Carolina coast and its traditional roadside fish shacks and camps. Saltbox Seafood Joint’s success is a testament to Moore’s devotion to selecting the freshest seasonal ingredients every day and preparing them perfectly.

In sixty recipes that celebrate his coastal culinary heritage, Moore instructs cooks how to prepare Saltbox Seafood Joint dishes. This cookbook, written with K. C. Hysmith, explains how to pan-fry and deep-fry, grill and smoke, and cook up soups, chowders, stews, and grits and seafood. Moore has taken pity on us and even included the recipe for his famous Hush-Honeys®, an especially addictive hushpuppy. Charts and illustrations in the book explain the featured types, availability, and cuts of fish and shellfish used in the recipes.


James Beard Award winner Ricky Moore is the founder, proprietor, and chef of Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and served in the U.S. Army as a military cook.


"A unique and authoritative cookbook for anyone looking to hone their seafood-cooking skills." -- Foreword Reviews

"An ode to the seafood of [Moore's] beloved North Carolina coast." -- Flavors

"Full of advice that real-world cooks will value." -- Garden & Gun

“Cleanly designed and compact, ‘Saltbox Seafood Joint Cookbook’ echoes Moore’s simple but refined sensibilities.” -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Saltbox Seafood Joint Cookbook speaks to that classic coastal cookery that resonates with folks young and old. Chef Ricky Moore educates us about food and waterways in North Carolina while offering us the best damn chowder you’ll ever eat!” -- Mashama Bailey, executive chef, The Grey, and James Beard Award Winner for Best Chef Southeast

“Even if Aquaman went to culinary school, he couldn't have written a finer seafood cookbook than Saltbox Seafood Joint Cookbook. Chef Ricky Moore's deep knowledge of--and love for--seafood shines on every page. This cookbook is hotter than fish grease!” -- Adrian Miller, author of The President’s Kitchen Cabinet and Soul Food

[H]  University of North Carolina Press  /  October 14, 2019

0.7" H x 8.68" L x 7.19" W (1.1 lbs) 160 pages