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Sweet Home Café Cookbook Is a Fascinating Look at African American Cooking
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10/24/2018 at 5:37:10 PM GMT
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Sweet Home Café Cookbook Is a Fascinating Look at African American Cooking

By Lisa Cericola—

“The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. isn’t just home to thousands of historical artifacts, documents, photography, and other media. The museum’s restaurant, Sweet Home Café, shows the many ways African Americans have shaped the way our country eats through dishes ranging from Fried Green Tomatoes to Senegalese Peanut Soup, to Hickory-Smoked Pork. Since the museum opened in 2016, the restaurant has become such a popular destination that it now has just released its own cookbook with more than 100 recipes from chefs Albert Lukas and Jerome Grant.

Although the colorful, inviting photographs in Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking will inspire you to get in the kitchen, the passages by culinary historian Jessica B. Harris will make you want to sit down and read. Through recipe descriptions and columns on signature ingredients (such as rice, peanuts, and oysters), Harris defines what African American food is. And it isn’t just Southern food. It’s Northern and Western food, too. It’s city food and it’s country food. And above all, it is global food, with roots that stretch all around the world, including Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and of course, Africa.


To continue reading, visit the full article on Southern Living’s website.

Cericola, Lisa. “A Delicious Recipe Collection With a Side of History.” Southern Living (October 2018). <>

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