Angela Shelf Medearis With Cookbooks

Angela Shelf Medearis has written 107 books, including cookbooks like "The African-American Kitchen: Cooking From Our Heritage."

‘People are eating African American food every day, but they don’t know it,” Angela Shelf Medearis tells me.

In part, she’s talking about James Hemings, who trained in the culinary arts in Paris and became a noted chef de cuisine, yet lived most of his life enslaved.

Diabetic Cookbook cover

"The Kitchen Diva's Diabetic Cookbook: 150 Healthy, Delicious Recipes For Diabetics and Those Who Dine With Them" by Angela Shelf Meadearis.

Black Girl Baking cover

"Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing" by Jerrelle Guy.

creole stew

Creole Chicken Stew is featured in “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook” by Angela Shelf Meadearis.

Monkey Bread

Apple Cider Monkey Bread is featured in “Black Girl Baking” by Jerrelle Guy.

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