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Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen

Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen

Iconic chef and world-renowned opera singer Alexander Smalls marries two of his greatest passions―food and music―in Meals, Music, and Muses. More than just a cookbook, Smalls takes readers on a delicious journey through the South to examine the food that has shaped the region. Each chapter is named for a type of music to help readers understand the spirit that animates these recipes.

Filled with classic Southern recipes and twists on old favorites, this cookbook includes starters such as Hoppin’ John Cakes with Sweet Pepper Remoulade and Carolina Bourbon Barbecue Shrimp and Okra Skewers, and main dishes like Roast Quail in Bourbon Cream Sauce and Prime Rib Roast with Crawfish Onion Gravy.

Complete with anecdotes of Smalls’s childhood in the Low Country and examinations of Southern musical tradition, Meals, Music, and Muses is a heritage cookbook in the tradition of Edna Lewis’s A Taste of Country Cooking.

  • Another Black Author

    Chef Alexander Smalls is the visionary of the award-winning restaurant The Cecil and its sister restaurant Minton's, serving as its co-owner and Executive Chef. The Cecil, NYC's first Afro-Asian-American restaurant, was named “Best New Restaurant in America” by Esquire magazine in 2014.

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  • Publisher

    Flatiron Books

  • Publish Date

    February 25, 2020

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