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An African American Cookbook: Traditional and Other Favorite Recipes

An African American Cookbook: Traditional and Other Favorite Recipes

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by Phoebe Bailey

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          An African American Cookbook: Traditional and Other Favorite Recipes is a wonderful collection of traditional recipes and food memories, as well as contemporary favorite foods. Woven among the 400 recipes are rich historical anecdotes and sayings. They were discovered or lived by this cookbook's


          An African American Cookbook: Traditional and Other Favorite Recipes is a wonderful collection of traditional recipes and food memories, as well as contemporary favorite foods. Woven among the 400 recipes are rich historical anecdotes and sayings. They were discovered or lived by this cookbook's contributors, many of whose ancestors participated in the Underground Railroad or lived nearby where it was active. Presented in an easy-to-use format for cooks of all traditions, this is a cookbook rich in history and rich in easy-to-prepare, wonderfully tasty food.

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Welcome reader! Here are mouth-watering recipes that are easy to prepare and that will make every meal a delight. And with the recipes comes a look into our family and cultural traditions and some lessons we've learned. You will find quotes from some famous and some not-so famous people. We heard about many of them for the first time while sitting at the dinner table. Some of our songs are here. We heard them while preparing meals—for they're more than church songs. They were born out of the enslaved Africans' battle for freedom.

This book is about more than just food. We believe that, as important as food is to our being, it is what happens around a meal that actually sustains us. It is in preparing a meal that we discover "If you do not have what you want, use what you have." And when we work within that attitude, we find that God sufficiently provides for all our needs. It is at mealtimes that we learn family traditions, manners, how to share, how to wait our turns, how to listen to others, and many other important life lessons.

We use this book ourselves at home. And we share it within our congregation, which is a part of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. We are known as AME's. I have discovered that AME also stands for "always eating and meeting." I can attest to the fact that this is true.  So if you are in the neighborhood of ChurchTowne of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, please stop in and stay awhile. For at Bethel, it is always mealtime. A special thanks to God for His many blessings, and to Phoebe, Christina, and Kesha who helped to make this cookbook a reality. Thanks to the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church family for their recipes, stories, prayers, support, and the down-home meals that inspired this book. Thanks to all the wonderful African American cooks who contributed their traditional and favorite recipes to create a cornucopia of dishes. Thanks to the Goods who patiently worked with us to bring this book to press, and to all and anyone else who helped us.

Thank you to whose "who had so little but did so much with the little they had." These are those who toiled in the heat of the day and complained not about their lot, who bore their crosses and marched on in Jesus' name. These are those who when they looked to the future they saw us. These are our heroes, our elders, our parents, our support. We bless your spirits and He who gave you the strength to provide us hope.

— Reverend Edward M. Bailey Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, ChurchTowne of Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Meet the Author

Phoebe M. Bailey was born the youngest of 15 children in a family from Huntington, Long Island, New York. Phoebe has been encouraged by her father's strength and courage as a black man, an inspired by her mother's faith in God and undeniable intelligence as a black woman, to embrace herself and her Afican heritage. Phoebe began her careet with Bethel Harambee Historical Sercies as a call from God. She left the coporate world to work closely with her brother, The Reverend Edward M. Mailey, and the congregation of Bethel African Methodist Espicopal Church, to preser4ve and tell the stories of those Africans who have been discounted and left out of traditional American history and to restore and rebuild a community of faith.

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African American Cookbook: Traditional and other Favorite Recipes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very Good Book i would Recommend this book to every one male or female who has the desire to cook i brought this book several years ago and has shared it with my daughter in law, close friends and family, and now co-workers which brings me to this site today because i have been searching for it to give to these friends and family cause they can-not can-not borrow mine. we love the stories and the recipes are super tell you from the beginning to the end. Money Well Spent-
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was overwhelmed by the quality and layout of this cookbook. I was inspired to be a better cook, and moved to be a better person. I never expected so much from a cookbook. The recipes are exceptionally easy to use, and follow. I loved the stories of the author's mother in the beginning of each chapter. I especially loved the glimse into the personal struggles of the contributors of the book. The tribute to God was very impressive. Cooking became an adventure and an education...This is a must have on the shelf or to give as a gift. The cover and artwork and photo's in the book are an added bonus to the overall experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago