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    In the United States, there are around 39 million African-Americans, that is to say Americans who are ultimately descended from people from sub-Saharan Africa. African-Americans are the largest racial minority in the country.

    African-Americans arrived in the United States via a number of different routes. The ancestors of many African-Americans were brought to the country as slaves, during the 19th century or earlier. Other African-Americans immigrated to the US voluntarily, from Africa, from the Caribbean, or from Latin America.

    African-American cuisine reflects the nature of the African-American community. Some dishes, particularly what is known "Soul Food", trace their origins to American South, and in particular low-cost foods that were available to slaves. Other African-American dishes, include dishes influenced by Caribbean cuisine, Latin American cuisine, and of course, African cuisine.



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    Occasions to Savor

    By Delta Sigma Theta

    Putnam Adult
    Released: 2004-10-07
    Hardcover (304 pages)

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    Recipes, menus, and entertaining tips from one of the largest, most respected African-American women's organizations in the world.

    Renowned for their dedication to service, the women of Delta Sigma Theta are equally admired for their chic signature style. In Occasions to Savor, the sorority shares its entertaining savvy with everyone-Deltas and non-Deltas alike.

    Lavishly illustrated, this book features more than 250 recipes compiled from members of the sorority, plus entertaining tips and suggested menus for specific occasions, including bridal and baby showers, book club meetings, an after-theater dinner, a backyard barbecue, and Christmas dinner. Featuring a full range of recipes from appetizers, beverages, salads, soups, and entrées to breads, breakfast foods, and desserts, Occasions to Savor is much more than an entertaining guide and cookbook; it's a celebration of African-American women who have made significant contributions to society.

    Engaging profiles of such influential Deltas as former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan; Mary McCleod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman College and founder and first president of the National Council of Negro Women; renowned choreographer Judith Jamison; and Dorothy Height, civil rights activist and chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women, reveal why the women of this esteemed organization are held up both as role models and mentors and as icons of style and substance.

    The African-American Heritage Cookbook: Traditional Recipes and Fond Remembrances from Alabama's Renowned Tuskegee Institute

    By Carolyn Quick Tillery

    Brand: Citadel Press
    Released: 2001-01-01
    Hardcover (210 pages)

    The African-American Heritage Cookbook: Traditional Recipes and Fond Remembrances from Alabama s Renowned Tuskegee Institute
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    Enjoy more than 200 traditional African-American recipes! This remarkable volume is the ultimate African-American cooking collection, with time-tested recipes for everything from beverages to soups and salads to main and side dishes to breads to desserts. And, the African-American Heritage Cookbook is more than just a recipe collection. It also features personal vignettes, pictorial accounts, literary passages, and poetry combined together to honor a notable American landmark—the Tuskegee Institute, founded by Booker T. Washington. You’ll learn to make such delectable, traditional dishes as:

    -Hot Clam Dip
    -Old-Time Potato Salad
    -Salmon Croquettes
    -Creole Rice
    -And more!

    Beginning with the final days of slavery and extending through the struggle for civil rights, this singular anthology is a historic tribute to African-Americans of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

    The New Soul Food Cookbook: Healthier Recipes for Traditional Favorites

    By Wilbert Jones

    Brand: Citadel
    Released: 2000-06-01
    Hardcover (125 pages)

    The New Soul Food Cookbook: Healthier Recipes for Traditional Favorites
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    A collection of more than one hundred soul food dishes, including appetizers, breads, entrees, desserts, and much more, offers traditional African-American fare with a difference, as it shows how to prepare delicious meals with healthy low-fat ingredients.

    Automatic Y'All: Weaver D's Guide to the Soul

    By Dexter Weaver

    Hill Street Press
    Hardcover (192 pages)

    Automatic Y All: Weaver D s Guide to the Soul
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    Meet the hardest working man in soul food. The world got a taste of home-style chef and philosopher Weaver D when his motto "Automatic for the People" was used by hometown band R.E.M. as the title for their bestselling album. But his own loyal fans know that being Automatic-keeping on with the keep-on in good times and bad, and knowing that life, like food, is always better with a few generous shots of hot sauce-is really Weaver D's down-to-earth recipe for business success and personal happiness. His pragmatic philosophy is as soul-satisfying as a double serving of his Three Cheese Mac 'n' Cheese. Includes 50 of his long-sought-after soul food recipes.

    Cooking with Heart and Soul

    By Isaac Hayes

    Putnam Adult
    Released: 2000-11-13
    Hardcover (256 pages)

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    Long before Isaac Hayes became the voice of "Chef" on the wildly popular and irreverent television show South Park, he was a food lover. His fondest and most enduring memories are those associated with his Tennessee boyhood and helping his grandmother to prepare traditional Southern soul food. Before becoming an Academy Award-winning composer, Hayes was a short-order cook. And somewhere in a career spanning more than four decades, he was a single father who cooked for five children and shared recipes with friends, professional chefs, and family. The commercial successes in music, film, television, and radio came and went and came again-but always there was the food.

    Cooking with Heart and Soul is pure Isaac Hayes-one part hot buttered soul, one part chocolate salty balls, and a big helping of comfort. It's a mix of traditional home cooking and healthy eating, with a touch of the gourmet-and lots of stories from a life lived to the fullest. This is a rare collection of recipes and reminiscences that reveals Isaac's passionate and eclectic interests from soul food and soul music to superstars and super-nutrients. It is as inspiring and satisfying as his Mama's Fried Cream Corn recipe.

    Vertamae Cooks in the Americas' Family Kitchen (Americas' Family Kitchen (Television Program).)

    By Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor

    Brand: Kqed Books
    Paperback (192 pages)

    Vertamae Cooks in the Americas  Family Kitchen (Americas  Family Kitchen (Television Program).)
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    A companion volume to the PBS series on the art of African-American cuisine introduces 110 delectable recipes, accompanied by folklore and anecdotes that trace the history and contribution of African roots to American cookery. Original. TV tie-in. 30,000 first printing. Tour. IP.

    Vertamae Cooks Again: More Recipes from the Americas' Family Kitchen

    By Vertamae Grosvenor

    Brand: Bay Books
    Paperback (192 pages)

    Vertamae Cooks Again: More Recipes from the Americas  Family Kitchen
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    Culinary anthropologist Vertamae Grosvenor traveled to Haiti, the Bahamas, and Mexico to tape segments of her television series and to get firsthand experience with real local cooking from real family cooks. In this book she serves up a collection of recipes from all the cultures that make up the Americas, including the Gullah culture of the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia, the Island cultures of the Caribbean, and the Creole culture of New Orleans. Organized by course -- soups, salads, side dishes, entrees, breads, and desserts -- here are traditional favorites like Red Beans and Rice as well as exotic dishes like Cuban Whole Roast Pig and African Sweet-Potato Stew.

    Ruby's Low-Fat Soul-Food Cookbook

    By Ruby Banks-Payne

    Brand: Contemporary Books
    Paperback (192 pages)

    Ruby s Low-Fat Soul-Food Cookbook
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    Enjoy the best of America's traditional soul food cuisine made the healthy way. With "Ruby's Low-Fat Soul Food Cookbook," you can cook up mouthwatering southern dishes including soups, stews, gumbos, salads, main courses, vegetables, sauces, biscuits and breads, desserts, and beverages. Each recipe is a delectable, satisfying celebration of our rich African-American culinary heritage--and, because each recipe contains only a fraction of the fat, cholestrol, and sodium found in other soul food recipes, these dishes noursh the body as well as the soul.

    The Historical Cookbook of the American Negro: The Classic Year-Round Celebration of Black Heritage from Emancipation Proclamation Breakfast Cake to Wandering Pilgrim's Stew

    Brand: Beacon Press
    Hardcover (263 pages)

    The Historical Cookbook of the American Negro: The Classic Year-Round Celebration of Black Heritage from Emancipation Proclamation Breakfast Cake to Wandering Pilgrim s Stew
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    From the organization that brought us The Black Family Reunion cookbooks comes The Historical Cookbook of the American Negro, a fun, richly brewed collection of recipes, historical facts, photos, and personal anecdotes. First published in 1958 by the National Council of Negro Women, it includes contributions from members in thirty-six states plus the District of Columbia and offers exceptional insight into American history and the African-American community at the time of its publication. As John Hope Franklin (whose own family owns a copy of the book) points out, much of the cultural information in the cookbook has never been passed down to successive generations.

    Arranged according to the calendar year, the cookbook opens with a cake to be baked in celebration of both New Year's Day and the Emancipation Proclamation. Scattered among the recipes one finds excerpts from documents such as the Gettysburg Address and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Tributes to well-known figures like Harriet Tubman, Phillis Wheatley, and Booker T. Washington appear alongside brief bios and recipes in celebration of important but obscured figures. This delightful collection of delicious recipes helps us commemorate African-American history throughout the year.

    Essence Brings You Great Cooking

    By Jonell Nash

    Brand: Amistad
    Released: 2000-01-27
    Hardcover (480 pages)

    Essence Brings You Great Cooking
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    For more than two decades, millions of men and women across the country have relied on Essence magazine to cater to their taste for great food. As one of the biggest success stories in the publishing industry, Essence -- the only lifestyle magazine for Black women -- has also endeared itself to everyone who appreciates the best in the food traditions of the Caribbean, Africa, South America, and the American South.

    Now, Jonell Nash, food editor for Essence since 1983, brings together in one definitive volume the best recipes, cooking tips, nutritional information, food folklore, and stunning color photographs from the food pages of the magazine.

    Essence Brings You Great Cooking has more than 300 recipes that answer the needs of a new era of health-consciousness, hectic schedules, and renewed appreciation of African-American and home cooking. Included are classics such as Chicken and Dumplings, Baked Red Snapper, and Braised Cabbage as well as unique contemporary dishes such as Fruited Duck Salad and Orange-Blossom Grits. There are wonderful options for all kinds of diets with recipes that excite meat-eaters and vegetarians alike, from Creole Okra and Tomatoes, and Ali's Vegetable Curry to Sweet Pepper and Crabmeat Quiche. This easy-to-follow book guides you through the preparation of a weekday meal to elegant recipes perfect for formal and informal entertaining.

    Rooted in tradition, with bits of history and culture, Essence brings you great cooking that is at once familiar yet exciting and new. This long-awaited, ground-breaking guide to fine dining presents the best of Essence magazine's food pages and African-American cuisines.


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