High on the Hog
Jessica B. Harris
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Recommended by Terry and the Cake Shop team
‘High on the Hog broke my heart open to a larger world perspective. Jessica traces how ingredients, cooking techniques and recipes travelled from Africa to America, through the horrors of slavery, evolving and transforming along the way in a story of courage and survival.’
From the publisher
New York Times bestseller
From the Winner of the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award
Now a Netflix Original Series
The grande dame of African American cookbooks and winner of the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award stakes her claim as a culinary historian with a narrative history of African American cuisine.
Acclaimed cookbook author Jessica B. Harris has spent much of her life researching the food and foodways of the African Diaspora. High on the Hog is the culmination of years of her work, and the result is a most engaging history of African American cuisine. Harris takes the reader on a harrowing journey from Africa across the Atlantic to America, tracking the trials that the people and the food have undergone along the way.
From chitlins and ham hocks to fried chicken and vegan soul, Harris celebrates the delicious and restorative foods of the African American experience and details how each came to form such an important part of African American culture, history, and identity. Although the story of African cuisine in America begins with slavery, High on the Hog ultimately chronicles a thrilling history of triumph and survival. The work of a masterful storyteller and an acclaimed scholar, Jessica B. Harris's High on the Hog fills an important gap in our culinary history.