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Essential cookbooks for Black History Month

By Robin Watson
Special to The Detroit News

“It really is impossible to separate what people eat from the history that’s come before them,” says Matt Sartwell, co-owner of Kitchen Arts and Letters, a New York-based bookstore specializing in books about food and wine.

Want to learn more about African-American cooking? Sartwell recommends these books:

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking, Toni Tipton-Martin (2019)

1.   "Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking," Toni Tipton-Martin (2019)

2.   "Recipes for Respect: African American Meals and Meaning," Rafia Zafar (2019)

3.   "The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Cooking History in the Old South," Michael Twitty (2018)

4.   "Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing," Jerrelle Guy (2018)

5.   "Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook: A Mouth-Watering Treasury of African American Recipes," Pamela Strobel, Matt Lee, et al. (2017)

6.   "The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African-American Cookbooks," Toni Tipton-Martin (2015)

7.   "The Taste of Country Cooking: The 30th Anniversary Edition of a Great Southern Classic Cookbook," Edna Lewis. (2006)

8.   "Sweets: Soul Food Desserts and Memories, Patty Pinner" (2006)

9.   "High on the Hog: A Cuinary Journey from Africa to America, Jessica B. Harris and Maya Angelou" (2012)

10.             "The House Servant’s Directory: An African American Butler’s 1827 Guide," Robert Roberts (2006 — reprint)

11.             "What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Southern Cooking," Abby Fisher (1995 — reprint).

12.              "The Virginia Housewife,  Mary Randolph (1984 — reprint)