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Posted March 21, 2011
This book, "High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America" by Jessica B. Harris, was well researched and well developed. It offers a great history of African-American eating habits through the years; the culinary history of a delicious cuisine with various contributions from several continents. "High on the Hog" offers a unique educational opportunity for its readers. The story on page 4 is quite comical and good for a laugh-out-loud. Imagine eating possum or raccoon for a meal if you have never tried it, they are some of the meats mentioned in this culinary history. There are many interesting facts about foods and dishes from Africa. On page 210 it informs readers that pork is haram or forbidden to traditional Muslims because it is "an indictment of its deleterious effect on African-American health." Nation of Islam does not partake of the pig or pork. A note on page 228 should be considered as a warning, "The poor and the working classes, like those in my Brooklyn neighborhood, were growing fat and unhealthy on genetically engineered foods, processed foods, and fast-food meals." This is a book worth reading. Just reading about the foods may make your mouth water for a delicious home prepared, home cooked meal. Eat up! Enjoy!
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Posted April 7, 2011
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