The Peppers, Cracklings, and Knots of Wool Cookbook: The Global Migration of African Cuisine

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SUNY Press, Oct 14, 1999 - Social Science - 422 pages
Fifteen years in the making, this book emerges as a new approach to presenting culinary information. It showcases a myriad of sumptuous, mouth-watering recipes comprising the many commonalities in ingredients and methods of food preparation of people of color from various parts of the globe. This powerful book traces and documents the continent's agricultural and mineral prosperity and the strong role played by ancient explorers, merchants, and travelers from Africa's east and west coasts in making lasting culinary and cultural marks on the United States, the Caribbean, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, India, and Southeast Asia.

Groundbreaking in its treatment of heritage survival in African and African American cooking, this illuminating book broadens the scope of cuisine as it examines its historical relationship to a host of subjects--including music, advertising, sexual exploitation, and publishing. Provocative in its perspective, The Peppers, Cracklings, and Knots of Wool Cookbook dispels the long-standing misnomer that African cuisine is primitive, unsophisticated or simply non-existent, and serves as a reference in understanding how Africa's contributions continue to mark our cuisine and culture today.

 

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Contents

Feasting among the Eastern Ethiopians The African Element in Dravidian Cuisine
7
Catfish Harvest and Celebration among the Sons and Daughters of Kambu
57
Peppers Cracklings and Knots of Wool African Foods and Culinary Heritage in Mexico and Central America
87
Zancu fiweot Potatoes and Beer African Merchants and Peruvian Kitchens from the Coast to the Highlands
137
Body and Soul The Miscegenation of Cuisine and Culture in Brazil and Cuba
169
Without Rival Anywhere The Cultural Impact of the African Cook in the Americas
213
Economies War and the Northern Migration of the Southern Black Cook
263
Flapjacks and Blue Notes
299
Glossary
327
Sources for Specialty Foods
341
Bibliographical Notes
345
Index
391
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Diane M. Spivey is an independent scholar and Research Associate with the Department of History at the University of Miami.

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