If I Can Cook / You Know God Can by Ntozake Shange, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
If I Can Cook / You Know God Can

If I Can Cook / You Know God Can

by Ntozake Shange
     
 
Acclaimed playwright, novelist, and poet Ntozake Shange offers a delightfully eclectic tribute to black cuisine as a true food of life, reflecting the tenacious spirit and powerful history of a people. Shange instructs in the nuances of a cuisine born on the slave ships of the Middle Passage, spiced by the jazz of Duke Ellington, and shared by all members of the

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Acclaimed playwright, novelist, and poet Ntozake Shange offers a delightfully eclectic tribute to black cuisine as a true food of life, reflecting the tenacious spirit and powerful history of a people. Shange instructs in the nuances of a cuisine born on the slave ships of the Middle Passage, spiced by the jazz of Duke Ellington, and shared by all members of the African diaspora.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
With lyrical originality and musical patois, playwright, novelist, and poet Shange (Liliane: Resurrection of the Daughter, LJ 11/15/94) intertwines the history and food of the "African Diaspora" into a beautiful little book in the tradition of M.F.K. Fisher. This collection of essaysconversations might be more accuratetakes the reader to the tables of African Americans; the kitchens of Nicaragua, London, Barbados, and Brazil; and the feasts of Africa. Proud tradition plays an important role here, but don't overlook the book's value for the chef. Easy-to-follow recipes for "collards to bring you money," rack of lamb, hominy, feijoada, barbecue, gumbo, okra, and couscous are among the 34 exotic dishes, and most of the ingredientsexcept maybe turtle eggsare readily available. Herein is also contained the coveted secret of determining a watermelon's ripeness! An inexpensive cookbook with a lot of class.Wendy Miller, Lexington P.L., Ky.
From the Publisher
Infused with a down-home feel and vernacular rhythms . . . this slim, lively book stimulates and elucidates, and is well worth chewing on.—Luis H. Francia, The Village Voice

"Shange stirs and simmers the soul and moves the reader/eater/cook to rethink every morsel of Pan-African history, personal celebration, and global pain that enters our lives when we gather around her magical hearth to laugh, to cry—but most indispensably—to eat."—Edwidge Danticat, author of The Farming of Bones

"This culinary memoir . . . is as valuable for its inspirational and factual nuggets as it is for its unusual recipes. . . . Soul-nourishing."—Carmela Ciuraru, Entertainment Weekly

"A captivating collection of African-American food memories, meditations and recipes." —Kathy Martin, Miami Herald

"Shange achieves . . . revolutionary splendor. She wraps history and legend and recipes and folklore around one big roti . . . makes a gumbo out of memories and laughter and recipes and black vernacular . . . throws spicy metaphors into recipes that have traveled from Africa and Brazil and the Caribbean and Brixton, England."—American Visions

"A fervent, richly impassioned chronicle of African American experience."—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807072400
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
02/06/1998
Series:
Blue Streak Series
Pages:
113
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.62(d)

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Edwidge Danticat
...as in all her brilliant works, Ntozake Shange stirs and simmers the soul and moves the reader/eater/cook to rethink every morsel of Pan-African history, personal celebration, and global pain which enter our lives when we gather around her magical hearth to laugh, to cry—but most indispensably—to eat. (Edwidge Danticat, author of Krik? Krak!)

Meet the Author

Award-winning playwright, novelist, and poet Ntozake Shange is author of Liliane; Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo; and for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, among other works. She is associate professor of English at Prairie View A & M University.

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