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31 Black-Authored Cookbooks Everyone Should Have In Their Kitchen

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1. Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin introduces readers and cooks to the Black pioneers behind much of our national cuisine.

The cover of the cookbook which shows a person holding a pan of shrimp
Clarkson Potter Publishers

Tipton-Martin's tome features more than 100 recipes from enslaved chefs, upper-class entrepreneurs, and all of the other trailblazers in between. Count on finding classics like sweet potato biscuits, seafood gumbo, and buttermilk fried chicken.

Get it from Bookshop for $32.30 (originally $35) or Amazon for $4.99 (Kindle) or $23.85 (hardcover)

2. Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing by Jerrelle Guy mixes sweet recipes with nostalgic descriptions of food and family.

The cover of the book which features author and chef Jerrelle Guy
Page Street Publishing

The 2019 James Beard Foundation Book Award Nominee reimagines sweets her mother ate growing up in Guam and also offers vegan and flour-free alternatives for ingredient-conscious bakers.

Get it from Bookshop for $20.23 (originally $21.99) or Amazon for $9.99 (Kindle) or $19.11 (paperback).

3. Son of a Southern Chef: Cook with Soul by Lazarus Lynch dives headfirst into classic Southern and Caribbean food with inherited family recipes and eye-popping images.

The cover of the book which features author and chef Lazarus Lynch

Lazarus Lynch is a two-time Chopped winner, the host of Snapchat's first-ever cooking show, the face behind Son of a Southern Chef on Instagram, and, as of 2019, a cookbook author. With a Guyanese mother and Southern father, he creates recipes that explore hit soul food dishes but with an inventive twist. Case in point: brown butter candy yam mash with goat cheese brülée.

Get it from Bookshop for $23 (originally $25) or Amazon for $7.50 (paperback) or $18.99 (Kindle).

4. Hallelujah! the Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes by the late Maya Angelou recounts the recipes that brought her comfort as a child (maple cake) and promising job offers as an adult (a hearty Southern brunch).

The cover which features author and chef Maya Angelou
Random House Trade

In case you didn't know, Angelou's recipes are just as renowned as her autobiographies, essays, poetry, and plays. With Hallelujah!, you can learn all the secrets to her fried meat pies, short ribs, caramel cake, and chocolate éclairs.

Get it from Bookshop for $22.24 (originally $25) or Amazon for $9.99 (Kindle), $22 (paperback), or $26.58 (hardcover).

5. The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem by Marcus Samuelsson conveys the globally-influenced flavors of uptown NYC with recipes that tap into Spanish, African, and Caribbean traditions.

The cover which features author and chef Marcus Samuelsson
Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Marcus Samuelsson is a Swedish Ethiopian chef, a James Beard award winner, and the man behind Red Rooster on Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem. In his bestselling cookbook you'll find cross-cultural recipes for brown butter biscuits, donuts with sweet potato cream, jerk bacon and baked beans, and Ethiopian spice-crusted lamb.

Get it from Bookshop for $34.50 (originally $37.50) or Amazon for $19.99 (Kindle) or $25.99 (hardcover).

6. Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland by Tanya Holland shares 86 recipes for those at-home chefs looking to recreate the West Oakland restaurant's beloved dishes.

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Chronicle Books

Chef/Brown Sugar Kitchen owner Tanya Holland grants readers the secrets to her unfussy recipes including her thick shrimp gumbo and sweet caramel layer cake with brown butter-caramel frosting.

Get it from Bookshop for $27.55 (originally $27.95) or Amazon for $22.99 (Kindle) or $24.95 (hardcover).

7. Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul by Jenné Claiborne takes classic dishes and gives them a plant-based makeover.

The cover of the book

When the Atlanta native went vegan, she she knew she'd need to reinvent the flavorful recipes she enjoyed while growing up. In Sweet Potato Soul, jackfruit replaces pulled pork in peach date BBQ sliders, fried cauliflower takes the place of buttermilk chicken, and Claiborne explains how to make ingredients like dandelion, mustard, okra, and turnip greens taste their absolute best.

Get it from Bookshop for $18.39 (originally $19.99) or Amazon for $13.99 (Kindle), $15.29 (paperback), or $28.97 (spiral-bound).

8. The New Way to Cake: Simple Recipes with Exceptional Flavor by Benjamina Ebuehi lets everyone get a taste of being star baker with the recipes to her signature GBBO cakes.

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Page Street Publishing

The Great British Bake Off quarter finalist Benjamina Ebuehi gives home bakers the instruction they need to graduate from boxed cakes to impressive bakes brimming with fresh fruit, fragrant spices, and toasted nuts. Deciding what to make first — masala-chai carrot cake or caramelized plantain upside-down cake — will be your hardest task.

Get it from Bookshop for $20.23 (originally $21.99) or Amazon for $9.99 (Kindle) or $15.97 (paperback).

9. Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes by Bryant Terry will teach you how to create a well-rounded vegan meal that doesn't rely on powders or meat substitutes (nothing wrong with that, but variation is the spice of life).

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Ten Speed Press

Food justice activist and author Bryant Terry shares more than 100 simple but flavorful vegan recipes built around popular and easy-to-find vegetables, grains, and legumes. Plus, the book is organized by ingredient, making it even easier to create a menu based around whatever you already have in your fridge or can pick up at your neighborhood grocery store.

Get it from Bookshop for $27.60 (originally $30) or Amazon for $15.99 (Kindle) or $17.39 (hardcover).

10. Cooking Solo: The Fun of Cooking for Yourself by Klancy Miller promises indulgent recipes and easy solutions for those cooking for one.

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Houghton Mifflin

Miller shares how to scale down ingredients, adjust your cook times, and make the perfect portion so you're not stuck with a freezer full of leftovers. The more than 100 recipes include a Tahitian noodle sandwich, a spicy pork burger with coconut, and smoked duck breast salad.

Get it from Bookshop for $22.07 (originally $23.99) or Amazon for $12.99 (Kindle) or $16.99 (paperback).

11. The Up South Cookbook: Chasing Dixie in a Brooklyn Kitchen by Nicole A. Miller melds Southern comfort foods with Northern ingredients and influence.

Countryman Press

Taylor, a Georgia native, updates the recipes from her childhood with fresh ingredients from her new Northern home. There's pimento cheese with a dollop of creme fraiche, deviled eggs topped with smoked trout from her go-to Jewish deli, and more.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (Kindle) or $15.99 (hardcover).

12. Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day by Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson explores the flavors at the intersection of the Asian and African diasporas.

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Flatiron Books

The 100+-recipe cookbook isn't about fusion, but the global flavors of Harlem where Smalls opened The Cecil, and Johnson helmed the kitchen both there and at the next-door jazz club Minton’s.

Get it from Bookshop for $34.50 (originally $37.50) or Amazon for $19.99 (Kindle) or $25.66 (hardcover).

13. The Taste of Country Cooking by the late Edna Lewis celebrates the seasonal dishes the author grew up on in a small Virginia farming community that had been settled by freed slaves.

The cover of the book with a black and white portrait of chef and author Edna Lewis
Knopf Publishing Group

Springtime recipes are all about wild mushrooms, fresh strawberries, and field greens; summer brings ripened veggies, pan-fried chicken, and homemade ice cream; fall introduces heartier root vegetables, hot apple pie, and baked country hams; winter closes out the year with holiday stews and soups and crusty loaves of bread.

Get it from Bookshop for $24.79 (originally $26.95) or Amazon for $4.99 (Kindle) or $16.26 (hardcover).

14. The Noma Guide to Fermentation: Including Koji, Kombuchas, Shoyus, Misos, Vinegars, Garums, Lacto-Ferments, and Black Fruits and Vegetables by René Redzepi and David Zilber reveals the secret techniques behind their award-winning fermented dishes.

The illustrated cover of the book
Artisan Publishers

Fermentation defines every dish at Copenhagen's Noma and now, Redzepi and Zilber share their techniques via 500 step-by-step photographs and illustrations. Sauerkraut and kimchi are covered, but the chefs also share more than 100 other unique recipes that were whipped up in their fermentation lab.

Get it from Bookshop for $36.80 (originally $40) or Amazon for $14.49 (Kindle) or $25.99 (hardcover).

15. Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails by Shannon Mustipher doles out dozens of easy-to-follow recipes for those interested in fine Caribbean rums.

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Rizzoli International Publications

Mustipher provides tasting notes for Caribbean rums and spirits and taps into the expertise of other Tiki tastemakers including Nathan Hazard, Brother Cleve, Laura Bishop, and Ean Bancroft.

Get it from Bookshop for $27.55 (originally $29.95) or Amazon for $22.49 (hardcover).

16. New World Sourdough: Artisan Techniques for Creative Homemade Fermented Breads; With Recipes for Birote, Bagels, Pan de Coco, Beignets, and More by Bryan Ford takes a nontraditional approach to baking with easy tips and tricks.

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Quarry Books

If constant temperature monitoring and crumb structure observation seriously stress you out, you'll appreciate Ford's instinctual instruction. Recipes for pan de coco, focaccia, pizza dough, and more, are all inspired by the IG star's Honduran ancestry and New Orleans upbringing.

Get it from Bookshop for $25.75 (originally $29.99) or Amazon for $15 (Kindle) or $15.79 (hardcover).

17. A Real Southern Cook: In Her Savannah Kitchen by Dora Charles is chockfull of locally famous dishes — many which have never been shared outside of the author's friends and family.

The cover of the book featuring author and chef Dora Charles
Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In her first cookbook, Dora Charles, a veteran chef formerly of Lady & Sons, unlocks the secrets to Savannah-style Southern cooking with recipes for shrimp and rice, simple smoky okra, and smothered catfish.

Get it from Bookshop for $30 or Amazon for $12.99 (Kindle) or $20.36 (hardcover).

18. Soul: A Chef's Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes by Todd Richards takes soul food beyond society's stereotypical scope and reinterprets classics with new flavors.

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TI Inc. Books

Richards' recipes honor his West African roots but also buck tradition by introducing far-flung flavors. Case in point: his blueberry-sweet-tea-brined chicken thighs.

Get it from Bookshop for $32.30 (originally $35) or Amazon for $14.49 (Kindle) or $22.88 (hardcover).

19. Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams calls on the knowledge of four generations of Black women to create soulful, nutritious dishes.

The cover of the book which features author and chef Caroline Randall Williams
Clarkson Potter

The mother-daughter duo's cookbook takes family recipes and approaches them through a more healthful lens. The resulting dishes are easy, affordable, and still wonderfully indulgent.

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (Kindle) or $30 (hardcover).

20. The Full Plate: Flavor-Filled, Easy Recipes for Families with No Time and a Lot to Do by Ayesha Curry is full of quick but flavorful meals you can make in a hurry.

The cover of the book featuring author and chef Ayesha Curry

Curry's recipes are also flexible, so you can make your own adjustments to the included sheet pan dinners and pastas. Of course, she also shares the recipes that have been a hit with her kids including desserts, sides, and takeout-style favorites.

Get it from Bookshop for $27.60 (originally $30) or Amazon for $15 (hardcover) or $15.99 (Kindle).

21. Recipes for the Good Life by Patti LaBelle is all about food meant for sharing with friends, family, and any guests you host.

The cover of the book featuring author and chef Patti LaBelle
Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing

Miss Patti's third cookbook is full of dinner-party-worthy dishes from Over the Top, Top, Top Macaroni and Cheese (with shrimp and lobster) to Fried Apple Pie.

Get it from Bookshop for $23 (originally $25) or Amazon for $10.50 (hardcover).

22. Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration by Carla Hall follows the path of soul food from from Africa and the Caribbean to the American South. Along the way, the chef also throws in her take on Nashville's most mouthwatering dishes.

The cover of the book featuring author and chef Carla Hall
Harper Wave

Halls, of The Chew and Top Chef, explores favorites like BBQ, mac 'n' cheese, and fried chicken, but also focuses on plant-based dishes that are just as delicious.

Get it from Bookshop for $27.59 (originally $29.99) or Amazon for $12.75 (hardcover) or $16.99 (Kindle).

23. Sweet Home Cafe Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking by NMAAHC, Lonnie G. Bunch III, Jessica B. Harris, Albert Lukas, and Jerome Grant introduces the dishes served at the National Museum of African American History and Culture's very own restaurant.

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Smithsonian Books

The cookbook includes 109 recipes for sides, salads, snacks, mains, desserts — you name it — all influenced by African, Caribbean, and European flavors and techniques. It also emphasizes how Black chefs have long been at the forefront of America's favorite foods.

Get it from Bookshop for $27.55 (originally $29.95) or Amazon for $18.99 (Kindle) or $25.56 (hardcover).

24. My Modern Caribbean Kitchen: 70 Fresh Takes on Island Favorites by Julius Jackson gives cooks the keys to cooking with vibrant island flavor.

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Page Street Publishing

Jackson, a St. Thomas native, recreates the meals of his childhood and doesn't skimp on spices — both traditional and unexpected. No-Mess Curry Chicken, One-Pot Wonder Chicken and Rice, and Tangy Creole Fish are just three of the approachable recipes you can count on.

Get it from Bookshop for $20.23 (originally $21.99) or Amazon for $9.99 (Kindle) or $17.69 (hardcover).

25. In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen takes cooks into the kitchens of eight bibis (grandmothers) whose recipes tell the story of family, loss, migration, and refuge.

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Ten Speed Press

The cookbook features 75 recipes from eight nations — South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, and Eritrea — as compiled by Somali chef Hawa Hassan and food writer/founder of Equity At The Table (EATT), Julia Turshen.

Get it from Bookshop for $32.20 (originally $35) or Amazon for $14.99 (Kindle) or $21.99 (hardcover).

26. Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours! by Laila Ali features more than 100 🥊knockout🥊 recipes for busy families and those ready to incorporate healthier ingredients in their cooking.

The cover of the book featuring author and chef Laila Ali
St. Martin's Press

The professional boxer understands that time is a major inhibitor for many at-home cooks so she shares quick and healthy meals that are easy to make and equally satisfying.

Get it from Bookshop for $27.59 (originally $29.99) or Amazon for $15.99 (Kindle) or $18.76 (hardcover).

27. Plum: Gratifying Vegan Dishes from Seattle's Plum Bistro by Makini Howell reveals the recipes behind 60 of the restaurant's most innovative dishes.

The cover of the book
Sasquatch Books

Whether you've been vegan for a while or are dipping your toe into the practice, you'll find dishes as delicious as your go-to comfort foods. Think: pesto plum pizza, barbecue oyster-mushroom sliders, and fresh blueberry shortcake.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (Kindle) or $29.95 (hardcover).

28. From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen by Snoop Dogg is loaded with meals most people could easily make at home and I'm willing to bet it's got way more personality than all of the other cookbooks in your collection.

Chronicle Books LLC

If you've never watched VH1's Emmy-nominated Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party 1. Do that and 2. Pick up this cookbook so you can nail down simple, nostalgic dishes like baked mac 'n' cheese and fried bologna sandwiches and ~fancier~ plates like lobster thermidor and filet mignon.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (Kindle) or $22.46 (hardcover).

29. The Africa Cookbook: Tastes of a Continent by Jessica B. Harris is essentially a glossary of African ingredients and dishes with stews, curries, and chutneys hailing from Morocco to Senegal and Algeria to Cape Verde.

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Simon & Schuster

Since its release in 1998, the collection, by prominent scholar Jessica Harris, has been lauded for its diverse recipes, archival photographs, and appreciation for culinary traditions that have long been ignored by those outside of the communities.

Get it from Bookshop for $20 or Amazon for $15.50 (paperback) or $19.08 (hardcover).

30. Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories by Jocelyn Delk Adams delivers fresh takes on Southern and Midwestern cakes, cakelettes, and cupcakes as inspired by the author's grandmother.

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Agate Surrey

Jocelyn Delk Adams started her popular Grandbaby Cakes blog in 2012 and debuted her first cookbook — this one right here — in 2015. The cookbook includes your traditional yellow cake and icebox cake as well as new-age recipes for Pineapple Upside-Down Hummingbird Pound Cake and Fig-Brown Sugar Cake.

Get it from Amazon for $17.29 (Kindle) or $19.34 (hardcover).

31. Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen by Alexander Smalls and Veronica Chambers mixes — as the title suggests — music and food in a way that allows readers to get into the spirit of every dish they prepare.

The cover of the cookbook with a black and white portrait of Alexander Smalls
Flatiron Books

World-renowned opera singer Alexander Smalls supplies amateur chefs with a literal soundtrack (songs are listed for each chapter) that makes cooking up dishes like Prime Rib Roast with Crawfish Onion Gravy even more fun.

Get it from Bookshop for $32.20 (originally $35) or Amazon for $16.99 (Kindle) or $25.49 (hardcover).

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