Posts By: Toni Martin

Books and Writing

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“I think “the Jemima Code” is brilliant and subversive and, from an American point of view, perhaps the most important book released last year.”
(Daniel Patterson The Art of Eating Prize Committee) Toni is author of The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks, which explores her collection of rare titles and works from the… Read more »

The Jemima Code

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Toni is author of The Jemima Code, an award-winning, beautiful, full-color book showcasing her rare collection of black cookbooks, which date to 1827. From these books, she curated a traveling exhibit of historic photographs of African American women at work in and around southern kitchens. The images have been installed in diverse venues, including Project… Read more »

Bringing Back the Bandana

My grandmother Nannie was a sturdy woman of Choctaw descent who cooked marvelously, but she passed on without leaving me a single morsel of her culinary wisdom.  Unfortunately, the stereotyped image of African American women like Nannie in history and recipe books is completely opposite of my own personal experiences with creative, generous, hard-working women… Read more »

Let’s Move Faith and Communities Convening at the White House

Toni recently attended a Let’s Move Faith and Communities convening at the White House, which celebrated the three-year anniversary of the First Lady’s initiative to eliminate childhood obesity in a generation, and included inspirational remarks by Michelle Obama. The intimate, half-day convening brought together key faith-based and community leaders from around the country, senior White… Read more »

USDA Honors

Full Story Toni recently was a guest of honor at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C., joining Under Secretary Ed Avalos and other Obama Administration officials at food tasting commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating Hispanic cuisines. Toni was recognized for her cooking and nutrition outreach to the Latino community. At Food Fiesta, Tipton-Martin served as… Read more »

A Visit to the White House

Toni recently attended a Let’s Move Faith and Communities convening at the White House, which celebrated the three-year anniversary of the First Lady’s initiative to eliminate childhood obesity in a generation, and included inspirational remarks by Michelle Obama.