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Black Food
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Black Food
Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora [A Cookbook]
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A beautiful, rich, and groundbreaking book exploring Black foodways within America and around the world, curated by food activist and author of Vegetable Kingdom Bryant Terry.

ONE OF THE TEN BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe • ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, Time Out, NPR, Los Angeles Times, Food52, Glamour, New York Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vice, Epicurious, Shelf Awareness, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal

“Mouthwatering, visually stunning, and intoxicating,
Black Food tells a global story of creativity, endurance, and imagination that was sustained in the face of dispersal, displacement, and oppression.”—Imani Perry, Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University

In this stunning and deeply heartfelt tribute to Black culinary ingenuity, Bryant Terry captures the broad and divergent voices of the African Diaspora through the prism of food. With contributions from more than 100 Black cultural luminaires from around the globe, the book moves through chapters exploring parts of the Black experience, from Homeland to Migration, Spirituality to Black Future, offering delicious recipes, moving essays, and arresting artwork. 

As much a joyful celebration of Black culture as a cookbook, Black Food explores the interweaving of food, experience, and community through original poetry and essays, including "Jollofing with Toni Morrison" by Sarah Ladipo Manyika, "Queer Intelligence" by Zoe Adjonyoh, "The Spiritual Ecology of Black Food" by Leah Penniman, and "Foodsteps in Motion" by Michael W. Twitty. The recipes are similarly expansive and generous, including sentimental favorites and fresh takes such as Crispy Cassava Skillet Cakes from Yewande Komolafe, Okra & Shrimp Purloo from BJ Dennis, Jerk Chicken Ramen from Suzanne Barr, Avocado and Mango Salad with Spicy Pickled Carrot and Rof Dressing from Pierre Thiam, and Sweet Potato Pie from Jenné Claiborne. Visually stunning artwork from such notables as Black Panther Party creative director Emory Douglas and artist Sarina Mantle are woven throughout, and the book includes a signature musical playlist curated by Bryant.

With arresting artwork and innovative design, Black Food is a visual and spiritual feast that will satisfy any soul.
A beautiful, rich, and groundbreaking book exploring Black foodways within America and around the world, curated by food activist and author of Vegetable Kingdom Bryant Terry.

ONE OF THE TEN BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe • ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, Time Out, NPR, Los Angeles Times, Food52, Glamour, New York Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vice, Epicurious, Shelf Awareness, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal

“Mouthwatering, visually stunning, and intoxicating,
Black Food tells a global story of creativity, endurance, and imagination that was sustained in the face of dispersal, displacement, and oppression.”—Imani Perry, Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University

In this stunning and deeply heartfelt tribute to Black culinary ingenuity, Bryant Terry captures the broad and divergent voices of the African Diaspora through the prism of food. With contributions from more than 100 Black cultural luminaires from around the globe, the book moves through chapters exploring parts of the Black experience, from Homeland to Migration, Spirituality to Black Future, offering delicious recipes, moving essays, and arresting artwork. 

As much a joyful celebration of Black culture as a cookbook, Black Food explores the interweaving of food, experience, and community through original poetry and essays, including "Jollofing with Toni Morrison" by Sarah Ladipo Manyika, "Queer Intelligence" by Zoe Adjonyoh, "The Spiritual Ecology of Black Food" by Leah Penniman, and "Foodsteps in Motion" by Michael W. Twitty. The recipes are similarly expansive and generous, including sentimental favorites and fresh takes such as Crispy Cassava Skillet Cakes from Yewande Komolafe, Okra & Shrimp Purloo from BJ Dennis, Jerk Chicken Ramen from Suzanne Barr, Avocado and Mango Salad with Spicy Pickled Carrot and Rof Dressing from Pierre Thiam, and Sweet Potato Pie from Jenné Claiborne. Visually stunning artwork from such notables as Black Panther Party creative director Emory Douglas and artist Sarina Mantle are woven throughout, and the book includes a signature musical playlist curated by Bryant.

With arresting artwork and innovative design, Black Food is a visual and spiritual feast that will satisfy any soul.
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  • Bryant Terry is an NAACP Image Award winner and a James Beard Award-winning chef and educator and the author of Afro-Vegan and Vegetable Kingdom. He is renowned for his activism and efforts to create a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system. He is currently the chef-in-residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, where he creates programming that celebrates the intersection of food, farming, health, activism, art, culture, and the African Diaspora. His work has been featured in the New York Times and Washington Post and on CBS This Morning and on NPR's All Things Considered. San Francisco magazine included Bryant among the 11 Smartest People in the Bay Area Food Scene and Fast Company named him one of 9 People Who Are Changing the Future of Food.
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  • Library Journal

    July 1, 2021

    With more than three dozen recipes and a dozen personal stories, Barrymore's Rebel Homemaker offers inspiration and ideas drawn from her hour-long daytime talk show, which premiered in fall 2020 and returns in fall 2021. The award-winning author ofThe Cake Bible, Beranbaum now offers The Cookie Bible, with treats from Caramel Surprise Snickerdoodles to Brownie Doughnuts (40,000 copy first printing). In Bittman & Conan's Bittman Bread: No-Knead Whole Grain Baking for Every Day, a culinary star shows us an easy new way to make luscious, healthy, let-your-teeth-tear-into-them baked goods (40,000 copy first printing). Together, from superstar chef Oliver (his estimated TV audience reach is 67 million viewers across 182 territories), offers 130 get-together recipes that cut down on kitchen time so that cooks can spend more with guests. The James Beard Award-winning Sen's Taste Makers profiles groundbreaking chefs who have revolutionized the American food scene, from Mexico-born Elena Zelayeta; to Norma Shirley, who champions Jamaican cuisine; to Marcella Hazan, the diva of Italian cooking. In Black Food, James Beard Award-winning chef Bryant Terry reveals the depth of Black culinary creativity and the breadth of the African diaspora by compiling recipes, essays, artwork, and poetry from more than 100 Black cultural figures.

    Copyright 2021 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from August 16, 2021
    Inspired by The Black Book, the 1974 compendium of Black American history and art coedited by Toni Morrison, this soulful, food-focused extravaganza edited by James Beard Award–winning chef Terry (Vegetable Kingdom) is built upon a similar scrapbook structure, calling upon scores of contributors to provide recipes along with a whirlwind of essays, poetry, photos, and paintings that celebrate Black culture through its food. The opening chapter, “Motherland,” presents African dishes such as Hawa Hasaan’s Somali lamb stew, while a section centered on the theme of migration and culinary fusion provides a West Africa meets Europe entrée, D.C. chef Dadisi Olutosin’s poulet yassa osso bucco. Food activist Dara Cooper’s stirring essay “Black Food as Resistance” ushers in a collection of liberation-themed dishes, including Adrian Lipscombe’s collards, which are seasoned with the wisdom of her great-grandmother: “The color and the hardiness... informs you how the greens were cared for.” Family ties also bind in a woman-centric chapter that includes jerk chicken ramen, created by Suzanne Barr in honor of her Jamaican mother. Elsewhere, a sensuous section tied to queer culture runs sweet with a beautiful essay from Savannah Shange—in which nectarines and sexuality merge—and a recipe for rum raisin plantains foster served up by Chopped champion Lazarus Lynch. This broad mosaic of Black society is as powerful as it is flavorful.

  • Booklist

    October 1, 2021
    James Beard- and NAACP Image Award-winning vegan chef, food activist, and author Terry (Vegetable Kingdom, 2020) presents to readers a wonderfully deep dive into the food, culture, history, and people of the African Diaspora, exploring its wide range across Africa to the American South, the Caribbean, and Afro-Asia. The book's generous variety of offerings include playlists to cook by, essays, musings, poetry, and stories about food, food culture, and food systems written by many authors from various backgrounds within the diaspora, such as the song ""Mother Earth,"" by Cindy Blackman Santana, and the essays ""The Poetics of Afro-Asian Cuisine,"" by Dr. Tao Leigh Goffe, ""Queer Intelligence: We Mobilize through Food,"" by Zoe Adjonyoh, and ""The Spiritual Ecology of Black Food,"" by Leah Penniman. The recipes included are just as diverse a bunch as their contributors: buttermilk biscuits, pili pili oil, Somali lamb stew, and doubles. Notes and personal stories within recipes--which are one to two pages, many including pictures--will make readers feel engaged and excited to cook. This is not only a book of recipes, but a book of history and experiences that readers will enjoy digging into as they bring the global community of the diaspora into their kitchen.

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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