Cook Your Way To Comfort With These Iconic Black Cookbooks

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Briona Lamback
March 3, 2023

There’s nothing like a good meal, and our food always tastes like a comforting call home. From New Orleans to Nigeria, these Black cookbooks span the flavors of the diaspora and deserve a place in your kitchen.

The Edna Lewis Cookbook

Edna Lewis was doing farm-to-table before it was a trend. Growing up in rural Virginia’s small community, Freetown, an enclave built by the formerly enslaved, Lewis was used to hunting, fishing, and farming for her food. 

In her most iconic cookbook, the recipes are organized seasonally, inspiring us to tap into our ancestral traditions of eating and cooking as close to the land as possible.

Cooking For The Culture 

New Orleans native Toya Boudy’s cookbook, Cooking For The Culture, is a beautiful ode to the crescent city. With recipes like gumbo and yakamein, her work brings a mix of creole classics that we all know and love with adventurous dishes worth trying for the first time.


Africana takes readers' taste buds on a flight around the African continent. From Nigeria to Madagascar, food writer Lerato Umah-Shaylor highlights the diversity of African cooking traditions.

Good food is a beautiful way for our people to come together because there’s nothing like gathering around a lovingly prepared meal with your people. Cooking is a great way to keep us connected to ourselves and our ancestral traditions.

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