Black History Month inspired Cookbooks

To celebrate Black History Month, the Afro-Caribbean Society have approved a selection of cookbooks.

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The Afro-Caribbean Society and Student Officer for Ethnic Minorities have shortlisted a selection of cookbooks to inspire your kitchen this month, in celebration of Black History Month. All of the books listed are available from Blackwells Bookshop in the Atrium.

Meals, Music and Muses: Recipes from My African Kitchen by Alexander Smalls


Iconic chef and world-renowned opera singer Alexander Smalls marries two of his greatest passions - food and music - in Meals, Music, and Muses. More than just a cookbook, Smalls takes readers on a delicious journey through the South to examine the food that has shaped the region. Each chapter is named for a type of music to help readers understand the spirit that animates these recipes. Filled with classic Southern recipes and twists on old favourites, this cookbook includes starters such as Hoppin’ John Cakes with Sweet Pepper Remoulade and Carolina Bourbon Barbecue Shrimp and Okra Skewers, and main dishes like Roast Quail in Bourbon Cream Sauce and Prime Rib Roast with Crawfish Onion Gravy. Complete with anecdotes of Smalls’s childhood in the Low Country and examinations of Southern musical tradition, Meals, Music, and Muses is a heritage cookbook in the tradition of Edna Lewis’s A Taste of Country Cooking.

Original Flava: Caribbean Recipes from Home by Craig and Shaun McAnuff

Craig and Shaun McAnuff are bringing Da'Flava from the Caribbean to your kitchen!

We're Craig and Shaun, two brothers from South London, but with Jamaica in our hearts and souls. Our Mum and Nanny taught us to cook, and Original Flava is all about meals that are vibrant, lively, exciting, and full of the influences from different cultures that make the Caribbean island of Jamaica so wonderful. That's why we've travelled to Jamaica to bring you its authentic and fresh FLAVAs!

Our motto is EAT: we make our recipes Easy, Accessible and Tasty. We want to give you platefuls that taste like grandma's food so there are recipes for classics like Ackee 'n' Saltfish and Curry goat, and Caribbean favourites from home such as Garlic butter lobster and Trini doubles. We also like to twist it up a likkle to give dishes our modern spin, so you can find recipes for Honey roasted jerk-spiced salmon, Plantain beanburgers and Banana fritter cheesecake.

The Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis

In this classic Southern cookbook, the "first lady of Southern cooking" (NPR) shares the seasonal recipes from a childhood spent in a small farming community settled by freed slaves. She shows us how to recreate these timeless dishes in our own kitchens--using natural ingredients, embracing the seasons, and cultivating community. With a preface by Judith Jones and foreword by Alice Waters.

With menus for the four seasons, Miss Lewis (as she was almost universally known) shares the ways her family prepared and enjoyed food, savouring the delights of each special time of year.

From the fresh taste of spring - the first wild mushrooms and field greens - to the feasts of summer - garden-ripe vegetables and fresh blackberry cobbler - and from the harvest of fall - baked country ham and roasted newly dug sweet potatoes - to the hearty fare of winter - stews, soups, and baked beans - Lewis sets down these marvellous dishes in loving detail.

Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry: African, Caribbean and Southern Flavours remixed.

African, Caribbean, and southern food are all known and loved as vibrant and flavor-packed cuisines. In Afro-Vegan, renowned chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry reworks and remixes the favourite staples, ingredients, and classic dishes of the African Diaspora to present wholly new, creative culinary combinations that will amaze vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.


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