Today we are featuring a beautiful rustic dinner party hosted by Ashley Lebelle of the Table Experience. This spring party is full of rustic inspiration and we are so excited to share it with you. Hosted in Winston Salem’s newest event venue, Muse at The Mill. This party has beautiful details that you definitely […]
Are you looking to brush up on your southern cooking skills? We are here to help. A Black Southern Belle loves to cook and entertain for her family and we all need a little cooking inspiration from time to time. With that in mind, we curated 20 of our favorite African American Cookbooks that will help you dazzle your guests with true southern cuisine. These 20 African American Cookbooks are the perfect collection to add to your home library and kitchen decor and perfect gifts for a pair of newlyweds. Check out these classics and happy entertaining!
In recipes and reminiscences equally delicious, Edna Lewis celebrates the uniquely American country cooking she grew up with some fifty years ago in a small Virginia Piedmont farming community that had been settled by freed slaves. With menus for the four seasons, she shares the ways her family prepared and enjoyed food, savoring the delights of each special time of year:
From Lobster Salad to Baked Stuffed Oysters and Crawfish Bisque, this compilation of recipes offers the best of New Orleans cuisine. Chef Lena Richards pulled inspiration from her southern roots and her experience in the catering business, to create delectable dishes. In addition to recipes, this comprehensive cookbook offers menu ideas for both formal and informal dinners.
Delectable Creole recipes from both the restaurant menu and personal files. Leah Chase spices her cookbook with stories that reflect her Creole heritage and document the origin of various recipes.
4)And Still I CookA�
This second cookbook from Leah Chase not only comes with her famous recipes, but it also contains her reflections on life, business, family, and friends. Now in paperback, the collection includes menus for special events.
Lewis draws on her childhood in Freetown, Virginia, to re-create some of the simple, honest dishes she grew up on. She shows readers ways in which to get the best possible flavor from foods bought in supermarkets and farmers markets.A�
In her first cookbook, a revered former cook at Savannah’s most renowned restaurant divulges her locally famous Savannah recipesa��many of them never written down beforea��and those of her family and friends.A�Hundreds of thousands of people have made a trip to dine on the exceptional food cooked by Dora Charles at Savannah’s most famous restaurant. Now, the woman who was barraged by editors and agents to tell her story invites us into her home to taste the food she loves best.A�
Fresh from the kitchen of her legendary Harlem restaurant, Melbaa��s, the reigning queen of American comfort food serves up one hundred delectable recipes that put her own special touch on favorite dishesa��and taste just like home.
Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful MemoriesA�is the debut cookbook from sensational food writer, Jocelyn Delk Adams. Since founding her popular recipe blogA�Grandbaby Cakesin 2012, Adams has been putting fresh twists on old favorites. Adams has earned praise from critics and the adoration of bakers both young and old for her easygoing advice, rich photography, and the heartwarming memories she shares of her familya��s generations-old love of baking.A�
The beloved owner of the wildly popular Sweetie Pie’s restaurant, and star of the OWN reality television showA�Welcome to Sweetie Pie’sA�shares recipes for her renowned soul food and the lessons she’s learned on the path to success.
Sylvia’s Family Soul Food CookbookA�begins as Sylvia recalls her childhood, when she lived with both herA�mother and her grandmother — the town’s only midwives. The entire community of Hemingway, South Carolina, shared responsibilities, helped raise all of the children, and worked side by side together every day in the bean fields. Perhaps most important, the community shared its food and recipes. When Sylvia set out to write this cookbook, she decided to hold a cook-off back home in Hemingway at Jeremiah Church. Family and friends of all ages shared their favorite dishes as well as their spirit and love for one another. The recipes offered at the cook-off were then compiled to create this incredible collection, along with many of Sylvia’s and the Woods family’s own recipes.
For nearly twenty-five years, Mildred Council–better known by her nickname, Mama Dip–has nourished thousands of hungry folks in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her restaurant, Mama Dip’s Kitchen, is a much-loved community institution that has gained loyal fans and customers from all walks of life, fromA�New York TimesA�food writer Craig Claiborne to former Tar Heel basketball player Michael Jordan.
The Black Family Reunion Celebrations, organized by The National Council of Negro Women and held in seven cities across America every summer, celebrate and preserve the values, traditions, and strengths of the African-American family. Inspired by these festivals,A�The Black Family Reunion CookbookA�contains more than 250 recipes from home kitchens across America, seasoned with warm memories and a�?homemade love.a�?
The African-American Heritage Cookbook was a Literary Guild Selection.A�Includes more than 200 recipes for beverages, appetizers, entrees, side dishes, breads, and desserts
Growing up in a large African-American family in a small town in Michigan, Patty Pinner spent her childhood helping the women of the house-the Queens of Soul Food-whip up the sweet treats that crowned family dinners, neighborhood gatherings, and church socials. In SWEETS, Patty shares her family’s stories, maxims, and magical desserts, many named after family members like Cud’n Daisy, Aint Sug, and My My, her beloved grandmother. Part recipe book, part family history, this sweet-as-can-be cookbook is a heartfelt tribute to women who ruled the home and the kitchen with their wisdom, hearts, and cooking.
In a book brimming with humor and vibrant personality, Sheila Ferguson presents 200 mouth-watering recipes, many of them part of her own family heritage. She explains the blend of African, Cajun, Creole, and other influencesa��such as gumbo and jambalayaa��behind their enticing flavors, describing the meals of the slave quarters and elegant plantation houses and, along the way, passing on family anecdotes and kitchen secrets handed down from generation to generation.
The author ofA�The Church Ladies’ Divine DessertsA�returns with recipes for all courses-and for every occasion. This delightful treasury offers not only crowd-pleasing recipes but also Church Lady words of wisdom on manners and decorum, along with engaging stories from the lives of the Church Ladies. More than 200 recipes for everything from salads to sides to seafood.
17)The Church Ladies’ Divine DessertsA�
No one more than a church lady is aware of the power of a creamy four-layer chocolate pie, Florida cookies that taste like sunshine, or a pound cake with a crumb as fine as face powder. This cookbook is filled with recipes for such irresistible treats-and a lot more.
When Joyce White moved to New York City from Alabama, she left small-town life behind and landed ajob as a food editor at a major women’s magazine. Weekends, however, found her visiting churches in Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvestant, looking for a taste of home. Food has long been a part of the spiritual life of African-American churches, and what she found there, along with what she missed from home, was the comforting blend of cooking and fellowship that feeds both the body and soul.
19)A�Spoonbread & Strawberry Wine: Recipes and Reminiscences of a FamilyA�
Spanning over a century of African-American lifeA�A�and culture, this classic oral history celebratesA�A�one remarkable family’s heritage as told throughA�A�photos, reminiscences, and recipes–now back inA�A�print after six years.
Today we are showcasing a beautiful southern love story. This Petersburg, VA Wedding with Southern Romance is exactly what you need to get through the week. This HBCU couple showcases their love in this classic southern wedding. Get inspired by Keifen and Jamesia’s love story today. Petersburg, VA Wedding with Southern Romance Bride Name: Jamesia S. […]
Graduation season is a special time of year for the Black Southern Belle community, especially the HBCU graduation season. Today we are highlighting the story behind a group of Doctoral graduates from Hampton University with 5 Things I Loved About Attending an HBCU for Grad School, courtesy of recent graduate, Brittany Walker. Congrats to all the […]
Looking for ways to bond with your ladies this summer? Why not try a sisterhood shoot. Weddings, baby showers, and almost all celebrations would not be possible without the help of our friends so why not celebrate them the same way. With help from Chanel Jaali, we have Tips on Preparing for a Sisterhood Shoot to […]
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day is an annual celebration of the end of slavery and is celebrated all over the South at various events. If you can’t make it to your local event, be sure to take some time to learn more about this holiday. One way to do that is by reading about […]
Looking for some true low country design inspiration with a modern flair? The 2018 HGTV Smart Home is exactly what the doctor ordered. This beautiful low country home is in the scenic Bluffton, SC neighborhood of Palmetto Bluff. Designed by Tiffany Brooks, there is plenty of southern charm with modern amenities in this gorgeous home. Today […]
Baby Jackson is here, but a few weeks before his arrival, my husband and I took a wonderful trip to Little Rock, Arkansas for our babymoon and we can’t wait to go back with our new bundle of joy. Today we are giving you some serious babymoon inspiration with a Civil Rights Tour of Little […]
Father’s day is right around the corner. A Black Southern Belle is raised to be a Daddy’s girl. He spoils her and protects her and contributes to her high standards in life and teaches and guides hisnsons. Today we are showcasing African American Father Art We Adore to show the beauty of the father and child […]
Looking to host a fun dinner party this summer? Need some inspiration for your next soiree? We have exactly what you need to get started. With help from a beautiful soiree hosted by the newly opened Charleston, SC event venue, The Encore, we will give you tips on how to host a summer dinner party. We hope […]
Once May hits, it’s time to plan your summer bucket list.. Bring out the grill? Check. Wipe down the patio furniture? Check. Plant a vegetable garden? Check. Download some summer reading? Check. Figure out out how to keep your patio chill? Not quite there. On paper, summer bucket lists are thrilling expressions of our imagination. […]