Appealing and practical, passionate and realistic, this collection of food inspired by the African-American kitchen also seeks to confront the fact that, as Alice Randall writes, “In our family, as in many Southern families, the abundant kitchen has become an antidote for what pains and afflicts us. Somewhere along the way, abundance became excess. Then the excess became illness. Today the kitchen that once saved us is killing us. And avoidance of the kitchen is killing us. Foodways in much of black America are plain broke down.” The recipes here show a broader range of comfort, balancing traditional soul food ingredients such as black-eyed peas and sweet potatoes with the likes of salmon and pomegranates. In the hands of these authors, healthier food requires no concessions when it comes to flavor.
Cloth. Color photographs throughout.