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 […]
So, I was doing a search for websites on African American food, using that search term specifically, and essentially came up with nothing. Most of the entries ended up being redirected to sites about soul food, which while encompassed under the umbrella of African American food is really, it seems, more of a […]
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 […]
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 […]
Research for a new project I am working on has yielded some interesting results in terms of books. There are few books dedicated to the topic of the food of the African Diaspora that aren’t cookbooks and even those are few and far between.
I’m planning to write short reviews for this site […]