Buy These Cookbooks By Black Authors To Support #BlackPublishingPower

Following the police killing of George Floyd last month, many of our social media feeds have been filled with important information about systemic racism and different ways to dismantle its hold on our society. One such initiative that has come out of this critical moment in time is #BlackPublishingPower, a push to fill bestseller lists with books by Black writers

The initiative, which was started by Amistad Press, an imprint of HarperCollins and has been going on all week, prompts social media users to purchase two books by Black authors. Though the initiative is targeted at readers, it can also be adopted by home cooks.

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Ahead, you'll find our recommendations for incredible cookbooks by Black food writers and chefs. Purchase some of these titles and add some new recipes to your rotation while also supporting #BlackPublishingPower.

In Pursuit Of Flavor

by Edna Lewis

Edna Lewis was a renowned American chef and writer known for creating a southern cooking revival. If you love southern food and fresh, seasonal ingredients, Lewis' four books are essential additions to your bookshelf. In Pursuit Of Flavor, in particular, is notable because it includes Lewis' personal stories, notes on key Southern ingredients, and techniques for maximizing flavor. The book, which is in the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Hall of Fame, features recipes from Lewis' childhood, which she spent in a Virginia farming community founded by her grandfather and his friends after emancipation, as well as recipes that launched Lewis' status as one of the most celebrated American chefs of all time. This edition of In Pursuit of Flavor, which was released in 2019, also features a foreword from Mashama Bailey, the award-winning executive chef and partner at The Grey in Savannah, GA, who credits Lewis as her greatest influence and serves as chairwomen of the board of the Edna Lewis Foundation.

As per the #BlackPublishingPower initiative's suggestion, we encourage readers to shop these titles at Black-owned bookstores.
Knopf In Pursuit of Flavor$29.95 Buy

Vegetable Kingdom

by Bryant Terry

Introducing more plant-based meals into your diet doesn't have to be intimidating. James Beard Award-winning chef, educator, and food justice activist Bryant Terry's newest book Vegetable Kingdom features over 100 approachable recipes. Released in February, the book is organized by ingredient and walks readers through the basics of vegan cooking. With his approach, you'll be able to move beyond veganism as a food fad and adopt a low-carbon diet for the long-run. For more from Terry, check out his previously released cookbooks, Afro-Vegan, The Inspired Vegan, Vegan Soul Kitchen, and Grub.

As per the #BlackPublishingPower initiative's suggestion, we encourage readers to shop these titles at Black-owned bookstores.
Ten Speed Press Vegetable Kingdom$30.00 Buy

New World Sourdough

by Bryan Ford

Are you one of the many people who have spent the majority of their quarantine obsessing over their sourdough starter? Bryan Ford's brand new book will help you keep that obsession thriving. New World Sourdough features step-by-step instructions for mixing, shaping, and baking techniques and creative recipes for innovative ways to use your starter. On June 2, Ford announced via Instagram that he will be donating 5% of his personal royalties from the sale of his book, for as long as it is sold. 5% of his royalties made this month will be given to Campaign Zero, an organization committed to ending police violence in America.

As per the #BlackPublishingPower initiative's suggestion, we encourage readers to shop these titles at Black-owned bookstores.
Quarry Books New World Sourdough$27.99 Buy

Jubilee

by Toni Tipton-Martin

Culinary journalist, community activist, and the author of the James Beard Award-winning book The Jemima Code, Toni Tipton-Martin is at it again. Released in November, Jubilee: Recipes From Two Centuries Of African American Cooking offers instructions on how to cook delicious dishes as well as a whole lot of history. With this book, you'll learn more than just techniques and ingredient information. You'll also learn about the roots of African American cooking and the vital role it has played in crafting our national cuisine.

As per the #BlackPublishingPower initiative's suggestion, we encourage readers to shop these titles at Black-owned bookstores.
Clarkson Potter Jubilee$35.00 Buy
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Cooking Solo

by Klancy Miller

Cooking for one is a challenge that most cookbooks don't consider. Cooking Solo: The Fun Of Cooking For Yourself addresses that oversight. Through her over 100 recipes, Klancy Miller, who earned a Diplôme de Pâtisserie at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, shows single people they don't have to forgo sophisticated meals just because they're dining alone. She also shares tips for entertaining at home for those nights when you're more than a party of one.

As per the #BlackPublishingPower initiative's suggestion, we encourage readers to shop these titles at Black-owned bookstores.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Cooking Solo$19.99 Buy

Black Girl Baking

by Jerrelle Guy

Each recipe featured in Black Girl Baking tells a story and shows how food has shaped Jerrelle Guy's life. Guy reinvents these defining food memories with new ingredients like whole flours, less refined sugars, and vegan alternatives. The sensory journey she takes readers on and the bakes she teaches them to make earned this cookbook a 2019 James Beard Foundation Book Award nomination.

As per the #BlackPublishingPower initiative's suggestion, we encourage readers to shop these titles at Black-owned bookstores.

Sweet Potato Soul

by Jenné Claiborne

In Sweet Potato Soul, Jenné Claiborne revives the long tradition of using fresh, local ingredients and improvises new flavors. Her 100 easy recipes celebrate the plant-based roots of soul food and teach you how to turn nutritious ingredients like dandelion, mustard, turnip greens, okra, and black-eyed peas into super tasty meals.

As per the #BlackPublishingPower initiative's suggestion, we encourage readers to shop these titles at Black-owned bookstores.
Harmony Sweet Potato Soul$19.99 Buy

Zoe's Ghana Kitchen

by Zoe Adjonyoh

Zoe's Ghana Kitchen features recipes for contemporary Ghanaian food. According to Adjonyoh's website, this cookbook is a product of a series of food projects started in 2010. It began when she shared a big pot of peanut butter stew with those attending the Hackney Wicked Arts Festival right outside her front door. Interest in her cooking quickly grew, which led Adjonyoh to launch a supper club, catering events, and open a long-term pop-up restaurant in Brixton. Finally, in April 2017, her cookbook Zoe's Ghana Kitchen was published.

As per the #BlackPublishingPower initiative's suggestion, we encourage readers to shop these titles at Black-owned bookstores.

Sylvia's Soul Food

by Sylvia Woods

Many people can't think of soul food without thinking of Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem. The landmark has been serving Southern comfort food to New Yorkers since 1962, and in 1992, Sylvia Woods, the woman behind the restaurant, shared her special recipes with the world. Sylvia's Soul Food features 100 dishes made by "the Queen of Soul Food" herself.

As per the #BlackPublishingPower initiative's suggestion, we encourage readers to shop these titles at Black-owned bookstores.
William Morrow & Company Sylvia's Soul Food$22.99 Buy
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