“’The Taste of Country Cooking’ by Edna Lewis was my first introduction to Southern food. I didn’t realize how lucky I was at the time to have found her writing,” the Bravo’s Top Chef host wrote on Instagram. “Years later I was proud to do a tribute dinner for Edna Lewis on [Top Chef] at Middleton Place in Charleston.” (For more details on the dishes prepared during that episode, click here.)
“At that dinner was also the wonderful food writer, scholar and historian [Toni Tipton-Martin],” she continued. “Toni just won a much-deserved [James Beard Foundation] award for this new cookbook ‘Jubilee,’ (which my girlfriend and hairdresser [Jeanie Syfu] gifted me, thx Jeanie!). You should also read her other book: ‘The Jemima Code.‘”
Padma also took a moment to highlight A Real Southern Cook by Dora Charles, Vibration Cooking by Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, and The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty, noting: “These are some other incredible books that delve into the Black culinary traditions that make up our American food landscape.”
In the comments section of the post, Tipton-Martin wrote: “Thank you Padma for your thoughtful words of support, especially now during these heart-breaking times.”
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