I heard an interview about what sounds like a great cookbook on NPR yesterday—America I AM Pass It Down Cookbook: Over 130 Soul-Filled Recipes by Chef Jeff Henderson and Ramin Ganeshram, Editors. This cookbook sounds delicious!
From the NPR story:
Chef Jeff Henderson has been on a mission to collect soul food recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation—and the stories that go with them.
And it was quite difficult, says the star of Food Network's The Chef Jeff Project and the best-selling author of Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras. That's because the African-American community, he says, doesn't always write its recipes down.
"I remember asking my grandfather before he passed away for a recipe for his gumbo," Henderson tells NPR's Michele Norris. "And he was like, 'Boy, I don't have no recipe; you better get in this kitchen and watch how I do it.' We just don't document. And it's so important for us to start documenting history so we can tell our own story about many contributions that we make."
Henderson collected more than 130 recipes from across the country for his new book, America I Am: Pass It Down Cookbook.