Edna Lewis: At The Table With An American Original


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Advance Praise

“Filled with insights and anecdotes from chefs, food historians, journalists, and family members, Edna Lewis: At Home with an American Original is as close to meeting Miss Edna as one can get. Those who knew her and those who did not will be surprised, delighted, and at times even amazed by the depth and breadth of the twenty-three essays that form this comprehensive volume. Bravi tutti!“

— Jessica B. Harris, author of My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir

“This is an important book. Most people with an interest in American cooking have heard of Miss Lewis, but here, for the first time, people who knew and loved this extraordinary woman--in person or through her work--explain, in moving detail, why she is still so important to us all.

— Ruth Reichl, author of My Kitchen Year and former editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine

“Nothing compares to this book, a fine anthology and thoughtful tribute to Edna Lewis and her contributions to America's culinary heritage. It will introduce Lewis to a new generation of people who may not be familiar with her yet, and need to be.”

— Adrian Miller, author of The President’s Kitchen Cabinet and the James Beard Award–winning Soul Food

“This expansive and poignant anthology--featuring contemporary food writers and thinkers of diverse backgrounds and voices--beautifully honors and interprets the power and enduring legacy of Edna Lewis, a great American chef, cultural commentator, writer, and activist. A groundbreaking book that will bridge popular and academic audiences.”

— Marcie Cohen Ferris, author of The Edible South and Matzoh Ball Gumbo

“These wonderfully diverse writers provide an excellent introduction to the life and work of Edna Lewis. Anyone who thinks about food from a southern perspective owes a debt to Lewis, and this book will make a fine companion to those tattered original editions of The Taste of Country Cooking that so many of us own.”

— Leni Sorensen, African American Research Historian Emerita, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and director of Indigo House

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