When you do a search for “Food Writers”, you get 66,000,000 results, when you include food bloggers, that number is closer to 250,000,000! I have noticed a disturbing trend, though. Most blogs and recipe sites featured a very slim number of African American food writers, if any at all. It seems strange to me that a culture with so much history and tradition surrounding food is underrepresented unless one does a search specifically for “African American Food Writer.” I went ahead and did some of the leg work for you and came up with this list of 6:
1. Candace: Food(Love)Tog
Candace is a self-described “foodie with condiment issues. Bacon lover, scratch biscuit baker, and spice slanger.” Judging by her recipes, however, she has a palate to rival that of any professional chef. Her website is creative and varied, including recipes for children, many wonderful sides, and some mouth-watering recipes like “Honey-Mustard Rosemary Pork” or her “Shrimp and Cheddar Bacon Polenta”.
2. Kimberly Elise: Natural Living
This website is not simply a food blog, but rather a lifestyle blog, full of advice on hair and body health and relationship advice. The food section, though, is populated with many creative smoothie and juicing recipes, as well as healthy takes on many favorite dishes, like her gluten-free Baked Onion Rings or Roasted Cabbage Wedges.
3. Tasha Edwards: The Sweetest Vegan
Tasha is not actually an African American food writer, but rather a YouTube personality. Her instructional videos are very easy to follow, and take on some very challenging foods! She specializes in veganizing fast food items, including McDonald’s fare and cupcakes. She also undertakes some “Southern Queen” cuisine, with apparently much success.
4. Erika Council: Southern Soufflé
I love the organization of the recipe index on this website! It is broken down into Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Burgers, Pizzas, Drinks, Sweets, Bread, and On The Side, so if you are in a hurry, you can very easily find what you are looking for. The level of creativity that has gone into her recipes is also very refreshing and genuinely breathes new life into Southern food.
5. Bryant Terry
Bryant Terry is also not actually a food blogger, but rather an urban organizer, “cheftavist”, and fighter for food justice. His best-selling cookbook Afro Vegan is one of the top cookbooks of 2014. Terry travels the country speaking on “Food Justice: At the Intersection of Food, Politics, Poverty, and Public Health.”
6. A. Breeze Harper: The Sistah Vegan Project
Dr. A. Breeze Harper is another food activist whose work can best be described by her blog’s subtitle “A Critical Race Feminist Approach to Ahimsa Based Veganism.” She does very interesting work, especially with giving a forum to chefs and cooks of color and of African descent. If you spend any time on most recipe websites, you will surely have noticed that most “ethnic” recipes are presented by white cooks and writers, and are actually an Americanized version of a dish, so the “Eat” section of The Sistah Vegan Project is a refreshing change.
Most of these websites contain links to all of their favorite blogs and writers, too, so if one of these doesn’t fit your needs, you can surely find someone who does based on these recommendations. Bon Appetit!
SoLA Food Co-op
Latest posts by SoLA Food Co-op (see all)
- Board Member of the Month: Sabrina Williams, President - January 25, 2017
- Pagan George – Board Member - June 18, 2016
- Looking for an Internship? SoLA wants you! - April 28, 2015