Reviews for African American Foodways : Explorations of History and Culture

Choice Reviews 2008 January
An exquisite melange of American and black history; famous black Americans and people they served; allusions to jazz, poetry, rap, stories, and literature; and food traditions makes up this credible, readable book. Trials of African Americans during slavery and other periods, together with stereotypes and myths about black people, are interwoven into this well-researched book about food. Extensive and informative footnotes contain oral and traditional citations; they offer the reference and describe what was gleaned from it. Despite chapters being written by different authors, the book has a cohesive, unified style. There is a statement about the writing of black cookbooks, quoted here because it can also be used to characterize this book: "The women who compiled this text ... honored in the book contributed to the advancement of African Americans. In addition, of course, they assert their right and responsibility to tell that history." This book, like the cookbooks, literature, interviews, history, and lyrics cited, does the same thing. For anyone interested in food, food history, American history, and studies of race and ethnicity. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels. Copyright 2007 American Library Association.