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The African-American Kitchen: Cooking From Our Heritage

Rich in flavor and traditions, this wonderful collection of recipes traces the diverse food cultures and dishes of African Americans.From the gumbos of Louisiana to the Carolina rice islands, from the introduction of pasta to the rise of the ubiquitous peanut, African-American cooks have placed an indelible stamp on American food.Angela Shelf Medearis has collected more than 250 treasured recipes, including native African dishes, Caribbean-influenced foods, Southern and soul food staples, and contemporary favorites, all testifying to the exciting variety of this abundant tradition. From Africa come Ghanaian Kelewele, (spicy plantain fritters) and Ethiopian Yemiser Selatta, a lentil salad. From the Caribbean, Jamaican Stamp and Go codfish cakes and Haitian Griots, savory marinated chunks of pork. Out of the slave quarters and plantation kitchens where African cooks presided, we get Hoppin' John, Ham with Red-Eye Gravy, Beaten Biscuits, and Peach Cobbler.For holidays and celebrations, there are special menus including Kwanzaa Blessing Soup and Christmas Molasses Taffy, as well as time-honored treats from church socials and family reunions like Picnic Potato Salad, Raisin-Pecan Pie, and much, much more.The text is enlivened with African and Southern sayings, quotations from 19th-century cooks' manuals, and personal and family reminiscences, all bringing the rich African-American culinary heritage to life.The African-American Kitchen is packed with the traditions of generations of cooks who have always created and preserved their culture through food and the families it nourishes. More than a cookbook, it is a living history and a loving testament of pride.

Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages

Publisher: Plume (November 1, 1997)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0452276381

ISBN-13: 978-0452276383

Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #2,063,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #244 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Regional & International > African #6508 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Regional & International > U.S. Regional

I absolutely love this book. I collect cookbooks and have an extensive collection from around the world and this is by far one of my favorites. The author traces her heritage through story and food from Africa through the West Indies, the Carribean and the southern plantations of the U.S. This is a book not too be missed. It is a shame it is no longer in hardcover because I just loaned mine out and never got it back. Anyone who likes good food needs this book!

One of my favorite cookbooks, so I purchased it for a friend who is equally enamoured of it. Wonderful, easy to follow recipes with great photos. If you like traditional meals that will send you to the moon, this is the cookbook for you!

I opened this book and was instantly taken back to growing up in Alabama! I love this book. There were recipes in here that I haven't thought about since I was kid!

Purchased as a gift after someone read a few pages of my book...they were impressed and wanted a they have one.

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