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Our mission is to promote the connection between cultural heritage, food, and a healthy community. We rely on a three-part strategy to instill 12 core values in vulnerable families: Culture, Cuisine, Community. SANDE’s three-part strategy responds to the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiatives for Faith and Community-Based Organizations, which seek to reduce childhood obesity in… Read more »

Books and Writing


“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


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 »



Toni is an award-winning food and nutrition journalist using cultural heritage and cooking for social change. In an era when kitchen competency is defined by celebrity chefs on television and the internet, Toni is sharing the real-life stories of this country’s invisible African American cooks through her rare book collection, cooking classes, talks and presentations…. Read more »