Beyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food from the Atlantic Rim


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Simon & Schuster
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7.3 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Jessica B. Harris holds a PhD from NYU, teaches English at Queens College, and lectures internationally. The author of the memoir My Soul Looks Back as well as twelve cookbooks, her articles have appeared in Vogue, Food & Wine, Essence, and The New Yorker, among other publications; she has made numerous television and radio appearances and has been profiled in The New York Times. Considered one of the preeminent scholars of the food of the African Diaspora, Harris has been inducted into the James Beard Who's Who in Food and Beverage in America, received an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University and recently helped the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture to conceptualize its cafeteria.


Charlayne Hunter-Gault author of "In My Place" The kind of culinary anthropology that helps us understand our world and its people on a level rarely offered, but sorely needed. A joy to have, even if you don't cook.
Marcus Samuelsson chef-owner of Restaurant Aquavit Once again, Jessica Harris masters the ability to both educate and inspire the reader in a fascinating new way. I particularly enjoy her way of using culture and history to merge the three major cuisines in "Beyond Gumbo."
Betty Fussell author of "My Kitchen Wars" Don't be fooled by the ease and grace with which Jessica Harris offers us a radically new culinary map. Wrapping anthropological history in the pleasures of anecdote and adventure, she looks beyond mapped geography to explore what happened "when Africa and Europe came together in the Americas" to produce the fused cuisine and culture we now call Creole. Places and people come alive in a rich medley of colorful, flavorful dialects and foods. Reading the recipes makes you want to dance as well as eat.
Norman Van Aken chef-owner of Norman's Jessica Harris illuminates the dark, mysterious, and must-be-learned lessons of African-Creole cooking. She belongs in the elite pantheon of writer-cooks alongside Elizabeth David, Elizabeth Lambert Ortiz, Craig Claiborne, and a handful of others. Too often people are seduced by touristy "Caribbean" food that lacks the soul and bone-deep honesty that have sprung from the people who have turned bitter fate into delicious love.
Alexander Smalls host, author, opera singer, and chef-restaurateur As butter is to bread, cream is to sugar, and brown pan gravy is to steamed buttered rice, Jessica Harris is the bowl that cradles and warms our gumbo. She has conjured up the souls of the ancestors and set the table with their most memorable recipes. Because of Jessica, if we want to, we can eat our way home again. If preparing these dishes doesn't have you dancing, then have a cup of Zazerac from Cuba, or Sazerac, as it's called in New Orleans, and you will. Your steps will be lighter, and your heart will overflow with love.
Jasper White chef-owner of Summer Shack, and author of "50 Chowders" A fascinating book, chock full of tantalizing ideas, recipes, and a unique historical viewpoint. Only Jessica, with her passion for people, travel, folkways, and times past, could have connected all the many dots to tell this story. Her recipes reflect the enduring spirit of the people who make Creole cooking so festive and delicious.
John Martin Taylor owner of Jessica Harris takes us on an erudite, mouthwatering tour of the African diaspora, with enchanting stories and straightforward recipes that illuminate the breadth of the Creole cooking of the African Atlantic.