Developing familiarity with yams, true yams, particularly for folks who have none, is sure to surprise. As mentioned here, they are not the soft, sweet tubers Americans in the United States use to whip up pies, or casseroles. Those dishes are the domain of the delicate sweet potato.
You’ll never find […]
I am late with this, at least here on the site. I’ve been talking up the 2011 International Year for People of African Descent since late 2010 with friends, on Twitter and on Facebook but haven’t done anything special to commemorate it with Roots Cuisine, for various reasons. Most of them logistical and […]
volunteers & interns wanted
We’re very serious about promoting the foodways of African Diaspora and need your help. There are so many things to do and only so many hours in the day, and with a whole globe and quite a few languages to cover we need to develop our networks […]
Yam, igname, ñame, inhame… all rooted in various West African words: nyam, iyan that not only refer to the tuber itself, but can also mean food, or even to eat reflecting the importance of the vegetable to cultures throughout the region . In Jamaican the word for eat is nyam. No coincidences here. I have […]
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.
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 […]