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 […]
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 […]
“…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 […]
Today my most recent article, which also happens to be my second feature, appeared on the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times food section. It’s a piece on –surprise, surprise– the food of the Diaspora in Chicago. Of course they published it as the big Black History Month food feature but hey, I’ll take what I (and […]
As interested as I am in the food of the African Diaspora, I’d say I’m equally interested in Middle Eastern Food. Of course this is a generalization as the Middle East is a diverse region, but I would also have to say that it’s probably my favorite cuisine. It was all ignited by my “discovery” […]
I just had a revelation. And, like most revelations it was borne of ideas, facts, concepts that have been swimming around in my head that have obvious connections. I woke up at 5:00 and began thinking about greens, specifically the efo I had recently at a Nigerian restaurant here in Chicago called B & […]
I have been reading Edna Lewis’ classic The Taste of Country Cooking and realizing how perceptions of African American food are painfully limited. The scope of what this food can be is so limited, this bothers me, because it has also limited the scope of what African Americans seem to think of as […]