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Adapted from historical texts and rare African-American cookbooks, the 125 recipes of Jubilee paint a rich, varied picture of the true history of African-American cooking: a cuisine far beyond soul food.

NAMED ONE OF FALL’S BEST COOKBOOKS BY The New York Times • Bon Appétit • Eater • Food & Wine • Kitchn • Chowhound

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The Jemima Code presents more than 150 black cookbooks that range from a rare 1827 house servant’s manual, the first book published by an African American in the trade, to modern classics by authors such as Edna Lewis and Vertamae Grosvenor. The books are arranged chronologically and illustrated with photos of their covers; many also display selected interior pages, including recipes. Tipton-Martin provides notes on the authors and their contributions and the significance of each book, while her chapter introductions summarize the cultural history reflected in the books that follow. These cookbooks offer firsthand evidence that African Americans cooked creative masterpieces from meager provisions, educated young chefs, operated food businesses, and nourished the African American community through the long struggle for human rights. The Jemima Code transforms America’s most maligned kitchen servant into an inspirational and powerful model of culinary wisdom and cultural authority.

Winner, James Beard Foundation Book Award, 2016
Art of Eating Prize, 2015
BCALA Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation, Black Caucus of the American Library Association, 2016

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African American cooks were not strangers in the kitchens of the Old South, but white southerners often failed to acknowledge their contributions. One of the first exceptions was Kentucky socialite Minnie C. Fox, who recognized the significant influence and importance of the African American cooks and wrote The Blue Grass Cook Book, first published in 1904.

Toni Tipton-Martin’s new introduction provides in-depth commentary on the social, cultural, and historical context of this significant cookbook. She presents background information on the Fox family and their apparently uncommon appreciation for the African Americans of their time. She reveals the vital role of the black cooks in the preparation and service required in establishing the well-known Southern hospitality tradition.

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CULINARIA: THE UNITED STATES is a collection of select food-related subjects exploring the world of American cuisine. The book takes the reader on a journey through America, a trip that any food-loving tourist will relish. He will go along on a fishing expedition with a Maine lobsterman, taste the buttery freshness of an ear of grilled corn and smell the pungent, smoky aroma of green chiles roasting in the Southwest. He will visit Americans at a Hawaiian Lu’au, a New England clambake and a crawfish feed in Louisiana. He will find out what Americans eat for breakfast in different parts of the country and that fastnachts, beignets, malassadas, bunuelos, and paczki are all types of donuts. The book is divided into thirteen geographical regions. Between the regional chapters are stories about food-related subjects and national dishes that transcend regional borders, such as hamburgers and pizza. An extensive bibliography and index are included to aid the curious reader.

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Chef Joe Randall and Toni Tipton-Martin showcase the rich heritage of African-American cooking in this authentic collection of 300 recipes. Drawn from Joe Randall’s personal recipes, the book also includes recipes from chefs who have worked with Randall’s A Taste of Heritage Foundation, including Edna Lewis and Patrick Clark.

African-American cooking has evolved over more than 200 years to become a sophisticated and distinctive cuisine. More than just “soul food,” African-American cuisine has become world class. Experience Catfish Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings, Southern Fried Quail, or Crepes with Country Fried Apples. Geared to the home cook, the recipes are also enhanced by a section of menus, complete with wine selections. The final section introduces readers to the stories and menus of the prominent African-American chefs who contributed to the book.

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