This list of more than 55 cookbooks by Black authors shows how significant their voices and work are to the foundation and innovation of the food culture we have today.
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Though not technically a cookbook, The Jemima Code shares over 150 Black cookbooks ranging from an 1827 house servant's manual, the first Black-authored published cookbook, to modern classics by authors Edna Lewis, Vertamae Grosvenor, and more. The books, their covers, and select recipes are shared in chronological order in this inspirational and ground-breaking book.
A memoir instead of a cookbook, this incredible work from Michael W. Twitty explores this Southern culinary history through stories, recipes, genetic tests, historical documents, and travels. This book uncovers the power and impact of Southern food on American culinary tradition.
Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.