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Influential African Americans in Food History

Influential African Americans in Food History

This article was first featured in Life & Thyme.

A brief introduction to some of the most influential and inspiring African American figures in U.S. culinary history.

Throughout history, cookbooks have been active tools, offering their readers not only recipes but also insights into the time period and lives of their authors. The most successful have been text that impart a sense of intimacy that transcends the printed page. The following cooks accomplished all of the above and so much more. Using food to teach and heal, these strong, entrepreneurial African American women and men helped define American cooking.