?zmir, Ankara, Adana, Gaziantep, and Istanbul. I’ve met many kind people learned and ate much and tried to share as much as I know about Louisiana and African American foodways and of course, Roots Cuisine. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be to share, learn, and, of course, eat throughout those three weeks.
As some of you know I’ve had a great opportunity to advance the cause of Roots Cuisine. I was offered the opportunity to be part of the U.S. State Department Speakers program back in November, which meant that I would be traveling to Turkey to speak (initially) about Louisiana foodways. Interest in topics has expanded […]
Hibiscus sabdariffa. Here in Jamaica, jamaica is sorrel. But, much like everything else throughout Diaspora (and around the world), there are one hundred and one names for the stuff. Alright, perhaps I exaggerate a bit, there are about five that I can think of including jamaica (my personal favorite) and sorrel. There […]
The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking: A Celebration of the Foods, History, and Romance Handed Down From England, Africa, The Caribbean, France, Germany, and Scotland (Joseph E. Dabney – Cumberland House/Sourcebooks, Inc., 2010)
The book’s subtitle, “A Celebration of the Foods, History, and Romance Handed Down from Africa, The Caribbean, France, […]
Part I in a series on the Lowcountry and Gullah/Geechee Culture and Food.
Ginger Beer. Not a favorite of mine, but both it’s appeal and presence are undeniable throughout West Africa and the Caribbean. People drink it to calm upset stomachs and as an aid to digestion, but also for the sheer enjoyment of it. In Jamaica, the ingredient list includes ginger, a few allspice berries, chew […]
As the organization (yes, organization!) Roots Cuisine will be undergoing a few changes, starting first with a new home and a new look at www.rootscuisine.org.
There will be additions to the content and the look of the site as things evolve, and of course, more and more content.
Thanks everyone for visiting and if you […]
Jamaica. It’s been in my consciousness only a week.
Kingston. Crushing poverty and immense wealth side by side. A curious mix of classism and racism enthusiastic acceptance of the former, vehement denial of the latter. Houses, shacks, even, fortified by huge gates-iron or wooden, take your pick. Lush greenery…beautiful flowers […]
“…next time we make some okro soup or cow foot and tripe wit’ somethin’ like gari. You like gari, Angel? Maybe some fufu. What do you think?”
What do I think? Well, I don’t know and I didn’t when he asked me. Having begun to explore the food of Africa in order to […]