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"Not Just Politics and Arts and Athletics"

Nashville novelist Alice Randall considers Black History Month through the literature of the kitchen

February 29, 2012 “Black history is not just politics and arts and athletics,” writes Nashville novelist Alice Randall in a new essay for The Huffington Post; it’s also “sweet potatoes and peanuts. It’s taste and bellies and bodies. It’s all the recipes for survival that appear in cookbooks written by Black American authors.”

In the rest of the piece, Randall—whose own cookbook collection includes more than a thousand volumes—highlights “the ten greatest African-American cookbooks of all time.” Read her recommendations here. Read Randall’s essay for Chapter 16 on the role legendary Memphis novelist and historian Shelby Foote played in the publication of her first novel, The Wind Done Gone here.

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