In an industry that has been difficult for women writers to establish themselves, let alone non-white writers, Dayna Lynne North has cemented a reputation as a significant voice in the growing ranks of terrific African-American TV writer/producers.
You've been working hard and watching your diet. You've been on top of your exercise game, hitting the gym, getting your walk on and taking your fitness classes. Then the holiday season pops up and you go H.A.M. and all that hard work and discipline goes out the door. Sound familiar?
In October of 2013, a group of the world's best chefs came together for Cook it Raw in Charleston SC to discover, collaborate, get inspired and of course cook. They spent a week hunting, fishing and foraging in the "low country."
Things changed in a heartbeat for South Street. One minute, Amaris is running a busy restaurant, celebrated as the first African American woman to bring a jolt of soul food and music to the prestigious street. Next minute, she's fielding phone calls: "WTH happened to South Street?"
Mr. Hurt's nuanced documentary, Soul Food Junkies, woven into his personal narrative, reveals not only the impact of black cuisine on African Americans, but also its impact on Southern cooking and on the way many of us relate to food.
Michael Beach was the teacher who stood up to Morgan Freeman, the cheating husband who lost everything to Angela Basset, and the husband so unappreciated by Vanessa Williams. This bright talent, who studied at Julliard, has a large repertoire.
My daughter and I share a cookbook collection that includes over 1,000 volumes many of them written by African-Americans. In honor of Black History Month, here's my list of the ten greatest African-American cookbooks of all time.
For a variety of reasons, America has gone soul-food crazy. The biggest driver, most agree, has been the economic downturn. High-end restaurants were forced to scale back and, in some cases, reinvent themselves as casual-dining establishments.