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As she spends more time than ever cooking at home, Padma Lakshmi shares some of her favorite cookbooks that showcase black culinary traditions.
“’The Taste of Country Cooking’ by Edna Lewis was my first introduction to Southern cuisine. I hadn’t realized how lucky I had been at the time to find her writing “, the Bravo’s Excellent chef the host wrote on Instagram. “Years later, I was proud to do an Edna Lewis Tribute Dinner on [Top Chef] at Middleton Place in Charleston. “(For more details on the dishes prepared during this episode, click here.)
“At this dinner there was also the wonderful writer, scholar and historian of gastronomy [Toni Tipton-Martin]”she continued.” Toni just won a well-deserved award [James Beard Foundation] prize for this new ‘Jubilee’ cookbook (which my girlfriend and hairdresser [Jeanie Syfu] offered to me, thank you Jeanie!). You should also read his other book: “The Jemima Code”.
Padma also took a moment to point out A true southern cook by Dora Charles, Vibration cooking by Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, and the Kitchen Gene by Michael W. Twitty, noting: “These are other incredible books that explore the black culinary traditions that make up our American culinary landscape.”
In the comments section of the article, Tipton-Martin wrote: “Thank you Padma for your thoughtful words of support, especially now in these heartbreaking times.”
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