High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jan 11, 2011 - History - 304 pages
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 reader 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.

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A student handed this to me- he'd only read it 1/2 way through but thought it was great. The best parts were in the first half, so I told him that was the case. Harris traces the foodways of the ... Read full review

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Jessica Harris' culinary exploration of Africa and African diaspora is both readable and informative - a real pleasure to read. A few recipes are tucked away at the back of the book, and though I ... Read full review


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Jessica Harris is the bestselling author of The Welcome Table, Sky Juice and Flying Fish, Beyond Gumbo, and Iron Pots & Wooden Spoons, among many others. Her work has appeared in Essence, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, and Eating Well. She is a contributor to food website zesterdaily.com and Saveur.
Harris is a professor of English in New York City and
scholar-in-residence in the Ray Charles Chair in African-American
Culture, at Dillard University in New Orleans.

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