If I Can Cook / You Know God Canby 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 African diaspora.
"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 crybut most indispensablyto 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
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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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