Winner of the IACP Award for Culinary History.
Acclaimed cookbook author Jessica B. Harris weaves an utterly engaging history of African American cuisine, taking the listener on a harrowing journey from Africa across the Atlantic to America, and tracking the trials that the people and the food have undergone along the way. From chitlins and ham hocks to fried chicken and vegan soul, Harris celebrates the delicious and restorative foods of the African American experience and details how each came to form an important part of African American culture, history, and identity. Although the story of African cuisine in America begins with slavery, High on the Hog ultimately chronicles a thrilling history of triumph and survival. The work of a masterful storyteller and an acclaimed scholar, Jessica B. Harris's High on the Hog fills an important gap in our culinary history.
American cuisine has deep African roots. When we discuss American food, the troublesome history attached to these roots is only mentioned in brief. The focus tends to be on the end product, the delicious food that helps to distinguish American culture. In this book author Harris undertakes to trace the food from Africa across the Atlantic to America. She views slavery through the lens of native food. Food is proof of the voyage; it remains with its people, sustaining them as they endure en route to freedom. Along the way the food marries multiple worlds and is reborn in many delicious guises. Harris has a resonant, dignified voice. She relays with authority her profound understanding of how this cuisine evolved and what its survival means.
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more of a history lesson than a culinary book
- Scott Johnson