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"The Life-Affirming Blackness of Southern Cakes and Pies"

Melanie Wong | Jul 16, 201804:20 PM

" . . . Adrian reminded me of the church tradition of baking cookbooks filled with heirloom recipes that the women of nearly every Baptist church would circulate. These books were sold as part of fund-raising efforts for the churches, but they also became this wonderful independent publishing network that passed down hundreds of years of pastry traditions. Enrika talks about the pride you would be honored with if an auntie or, more reverently, your grandmother, requested you bake a cobbler or pound cake. Their passionate stories and hilarious remembrances got me thinking about the power of Southern baking not just as heirloom, but as evidence that recognizes the contributions of the thousands of unsung chefs history has gifted us with. . . "

The Life-Affirming Blackness of Southern Cakes and Pies

Dolester Miles winning the Beard for Outstanding Pastry Chef is the culmination of a long road traveled for African-American pastry chefs.

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