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If I Can Cook/You Know God Can by Ntozake Shange
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If I Can Cook/You Know God Can by Ntozake Shange
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Jan 29, 2019 | ISBN 9780807021446

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Praise

“This book is the first one I recommend to all cooks to understand the soul of our food. . . . It’s as indispensable as hot sauce.”
—Michael W. Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South

“A rich, dense gumbo of food memories, history, recipes, and the special kind of magic that only Shange can create . . . I loved it the first time around; in this new version, it, like the rainbow, is more than enuf.”
—Jessica B. Harris, author of My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir and High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America

“Listen. To sister Shange’s rainbow recipes of light and love. Listen. To the stirring of her pots and pans with food that fuels our movements and memories. Can’t wait for her to cook me up some of her magic so we can eat and laugh and be. Stay human.”
—Sonia Sanchez, poet and activist

“Ntozake Shange has always been a salve. Her exploration of food as a conversation about ancestral logic, as story, as medicine, as road map, as celebration, and as reclamation is delicious.”
—Dominique Christina, author of Anarcha Speaks

“An epic work of memoir, archive, cookbook, diasporic history, and culinary ethnography—this book is simply a remarkable gift.”
—Morgan Parker, author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé

Praise for the first edition:

“Shange stirs and simmers the soul and moves the reader/eater/cook to rethink every morsel of Pan–African history, personal celebration, and global pain that enters our lives when we gather around her magical hearth to laugh, to cry—but most indispensably—to eat.”
—Edwidge Danticat, author of The Farming of Bones

“Infused with a down-home feel and vernacular rhythms . . . this slim, lively book stimulates and elucidates, and is well worth chewing on.”
—Luis H. Francia, The Village Voice

“This culinary memoir . . . is as valuable for its inspirational and factual nuggets as it is for its unusual recipes . . . . Soul-nourishing.”
—Carmela Ciuraru, Entertainment Weekly

“A captivating collection of African-American food memories, meditations and recipes.”
—Kathy Martin, Miami Herald

“Shange achieves . . . revolutionary splendor. She wraps history and legend and recipes and folklore around one big roti . . . makes a gumbo out of memories and laughter and recipes and black vernacular . . . throws spicy metaphors into recipes that have traveled from Africa and Brazil and the Caribbean and Brixton, England.”
American Visions

“A fervent, richly impassioned chronicle of African American experience.”
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Table Of Contents

RECIPES

FOREWORD
by Vertamae Grosvenor

AUTHOR’S NOTE

INTRODUCTION
Learning to Be Hungry / Holdin’ On Together

CHAPTER 1
What’d You People Call That?

CHAPTER 2
What We Don’t Say in Public

CHAPTER 3
All It Took Was a Road / Surprises of Urban Renewal

CHAPTER 4
Birthday in Brixton

CHAPTER 5
Too Many Fish in the Sea

CHAPTER 6
Brazil: More African Than Africans

CHAPTER 7
What Is It We Really Harvestin’ Here?

CHAPTER 8
Westward Ho! Anywhere Must Be Better’n Here!

CHAPTER 9
Better Late Than Never

CHAPTER 10
Is That Why the Duke Had a Train of His Own?

CHAPTER 11
And What Did You Serve? Oh, No, You Did Not!

CHAPTER 12
Virtual Realities, Real People, Real Foods

Epilogue
Epilogue 2018: Savannah and Friends’ Prize-Winning Recipes
Notes
Credits
Acknowledgments

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