These 10 Recipes Will Help You Outshine Your Uncle at the Cookout

A barbecue on a trailer at a block party in Kansas City / Gbleem /Wikimedia/ CC BY-SA 3.0


Y’all know we love to fellowship. Seriously. Just get us some hot temperatures, a grill and some lawn chairs, and we will make a move out of it.  But while you may have inherited Unc’s recipe for baby back ribs, and you may call your mama to get the best way to bake that mac-n-cheese, PushBlack wanted to encourage you to mix it up a bit with these remixed dishes - all by Black chefs.

Check out ten books with recipes by Black chefs that’ll make you wanna slap yo’ mama!

Vegan Soul Kitchen


Are you trying a new diet for the summer months? For the vegans, take a look at Vegan Soul Kitchen - a fresh and healthy approach to some of our favorite meals. Try out recipes for “Double Mustard Greens & Roasted Yam Soup,” “Black-eyed Pea Fritters” and more. 


Soul Food Love

Golden peanut brittle / Flickr /Janet Hudson / CC 2.0

Showing you “what a strong Black kitchen looks like in the 21st century,” Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family is the winner of a NAACP Image Award. Created by a mother-daughter duo, shares 80 recipes that tantalize your taste buds without compromising your health. Find recipes ranging from the “New School Fruit Salad” to “Honey Peanut Brittle,” and more.


8x8 Cookbook

Chicken enchiladas on a plate / Personal Creations / Flickr / CC 2.0

Are you running late to the function, or maybe you (think) you have limited talents in the kitchen? Try out Kathy Strah’s recipes for “Shortcut Chicken Enchiladas,” “Pasta Frittata,” or “Turkey-Stuffed Zucchini.”



Pomegranate Fruit Seed Food / Pixabay / dbreen / CC0

In "Afro Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed", Bryant Terry brought together the flavors of the African Diaspora in Afro-Vegan. By mixing African, Caribbean, and Southern flavors, dishes like “Pomegranate-Peace Barbecue Sauce,” and “Sweet Potato and Lima Bean Tagine.” Each recipe is paired with a song and a book, so you’re always reminded to do it #FortheCulture.    

The Jemima Code

Marinated chicken on a barbecue / orchidgalore / Flickr / CC 2.0

Aunt Jemima made more than just pancakes. And "The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks" synthesized the best of over 300 rare Black cookbooks, these recipes are sure to please. Pair your traditional BBQ  chicken with historic flavors like potato salad, Spanish rice, and crab cakes.


Rufus Estes’ Good Things to Eat

Several pieces of fried chicken / DougsTech / Wikipedia / CC 3.0

So who was the first? That would be Rufus Estes. Born into slavery in 1857, Estes would eventually work his way from a car attendant to a chef in one of the largest steel corporations in America.

He authored the first ever cookbook to be written and published by a Black chef --- and his dishes signify strong ties to our history and a nod to meals past. Try out his recipe for fried chicken or ham sauce in "Rufus Estes’ Good Things to Eat - The First Cookbook by an African-American Chef."


Grandbaby Cakes

Cake / Hans / Pixabay / CC0

Have a sweet tooth? The delectable twists to classic sweet favorites in "Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories" are sure to please the fam.


Caribbean Potluck

 Jerk Pork and Chicken Combination / Alpha / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Jerk chicken is always a favorite - whether you hail from the Caribbean or not. With over 100 recipes in all, you’re sure to find at least one mouthwatering spin on the Caribbean Potluck that the whole family is bound to enjoy. Check out "Caribbean Potluck: Modern Recipes from Our Family Kitchen."


Sweetie Pie’s Cookbook

Sweet Potato Pie / sweetfixNYC / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

If you haven’t heard of Miss Robbie & Sweetie Pie’s - you might need to get hip. Her famous St. Louis based restaurant received national notoriety through the reality show, “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” but her recipes have been historic in the area for most of her life. Check them out in "Sweetie Pie’s Cookbook: Soulful Southern Recipes, from My Family to Yours."


Desserts LaBelle

Red Velvet Cake / James Lee / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Since we’re talking about pies, you know we can’t forget about Patti Pies. Patti LaBelle has been making cookbooks for some time. One of her latest, "Desserts LaBelle: Soulful Sweets to Sing About," just might hit the sweet spot. 

Not only are these dishes perfect for summertime, but they will surely earn you bragging rights at the next get-together.

Our people have always enjoyed fellowship around a good meal. So crack open a few of these recipe books, start stretching your legs for the electric slide, and let the good times roll.

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