Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking

Clarkson Potter. Nov. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781524761738. $25. COOKING
Tipton-Martin (The Jemima Code) has written not just a cookbook, but a brief introduction to the history of African American cuisine. In the introduction, the author traces her personal history, detailing her childhood in South Central Los Angeles, as well as the development of African American cookbooks and foods throughout American history. Each chapter shines light on how African Americans shared and developed recipes during the years between the Civil War and the civil rights movement. The recipes themselves are presented with further history of the traditions that make the dishes part of African American culture. The recipes, recreations or updated versions, are straightforward and easy to follow.
VERDICT More than a cookbook, this collection of recipes offers an excellent starting point for anyone interested in African American culinary history.
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