Category Archives: Diaspora Food Culture

A Letter to the Newgrorati: Of Collards and Amnesia

Dear Newgrorati on #BlackTwitter, If you want to learn about a culture, listen to the stories. And if you want to change a culture, change the stories.—Michael Margolis We need to have a talk about collard greens. Like, now. Apparently some … Continue reading

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How Black Chefs Paved the Way for American Cuisine | First We Feast

http://firstwefeast.com/eat/how-black-chefs-paved-the-way-for-american-cuisine/ Enjoy this recent piece published on First We Feast.  A note: Why no Edna Lewis? Edna was better known for her cookbooks, recipes and philosophical gifts. She did stints as a chef, but that was ultimately not her true … Continue reading

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Bringing Soul to Your Rosh Hashanah | The Weiser Kitchen

http://theweiserkitchen.com/bringing-soul-to-your-rosh-hashanah/ I am honored to share this guest blog post on The Weiser Kitchen!  It’s Rosh Hoshanah time! Here’s a great recipe for black eyed pea hummus.  Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite: ” Black-eyed peas are a traditional … Continue reading

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New Publication!

I’m pleased to announce that I am in print again! Meet “African American,” an article in Ethnic American Food Today: A Cultural Encyclopedia.  2015, Rowman&Littlefield. This is a great reference for anyone interested in how individual ethnic cultures contributed to … Continue reading

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A People’s History of Southern Barbecue

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/04/barbecue-american-tradition-enslaved-africans-native-americans?CMP=share_btn_tw Enjoy this piece I wrote, freshly published on The Guardian giving a short history of how barbecue is connected to American food and freedom through its enslaved African and Native American roots!

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In Honor of National Soul Food Month: The Roots of Soul

It’s National Soul Food Month. Yes there is such a thing! I thought I might take you on a tour of one of the sources of soul, the early Chesapeake. I’ve written frequently about the Chesapeake being the first “Creole … Continue reading

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Poplar Forest cooking event focuses on food, culture of enslaved community – News – Lynchburg, Virginia Area – The News & Advance

http://m.newsadvance.com/news/local/poplar-forest-cooking-event-focuses-on-food-culture-of-enslaved/article_b3b00f04-0740-11e5-be9f-8b8847507fd5.html?mode=jqm

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