Family and nostalgia are the core of Black baking traditions and show up in recipes as a cultural heirloom. Nowhere else is this more vividly displayed than in the soul food restaurant and the proprietors who keep these traditions alive. In this episode, I talk with baker and owner of Bomb Biscuits Atlanta Erika Council (@erikajcouncil), the granddaughter of legendary chef and restaurateur Mrs. Mildred 'Mama Dip' Council, about how she and her family handles preserving their matriarch's legacy.
The world of desserts can feel indulgent and decadent in ways that overlook the practical impact our cultural relationships with food have on our lives. The joy and celebration, the emotional connection and comfort in good and bad times our dessert traditions have are as much an heirloom as the recipes themselves so on this episode I talk with wellness coach Shelley Chapman (@shelleywellness) founder of the Mindful Plate youtube series and the Body Food Freedom nutrition and wellness coaching practice about the importance of naming and clarifying our emotional relationships with food and pastry chef and end of life doula Dr. Monica O’Connell (@mimi_oconnell) about how she is using the symbolism and emotional connection to cakes to interrogate end of life care for patients and families.
This episode explores the ecosystem around bean-to-bar chocolate making with the creatives reclaiming chocolate for the African diaspora. In this episode, i talk with the chef, activist, and chocolatier Selassie Atadika, owner of Midunu Chocolate about the impact indigenous reclamation of the diasporic legacy of chocolate production could have on the future of the industry and Lissette Davis Grenada bases chocolate and rum expert to talk about the branding and practical possibilities of Black agency in chocolate business but diaspora stakeholders.
The Cross Atlantic Chocolate Collective is offering a sampler box full of 12 minibars made by member farmers and chocolatiers from across the African Atlantic. You can find out more about the Alliance of Rural Communities and how to order their holiday chocolate box at www.chocolaterebellion.com
Nostalgia is a huge factor in the baking traditions in the African American culinary canon and the keepers of southern cake and desserts recipes are preserving that legacy for a whole new generation. In this episode, I talk with Chef Colette Knight (@gudgudpudin) of Atlanta-based Gud Gud Puddin about her family legacy of hospitality service and how she’s using her new specialty dessert company as a rebirth of her professional life and her passion for community building as well as pastry artist Arley Bell (@arley.cakes) of Richmond-based Arley Cakes whose practice pairs social responsibility with entrepreneurship to model the possibilities for this era of civil rights activism.
This season we’re taking a little bit of a diasporic trip and no place is more important to the movement and colonial influence on Black foodways than the Caribbean. With a complicated economic, geopolitical, and cultural mix of factors, the over 40 countries and territories represent a critical battleground for the practical understanding of the evolution of Black creativity and by extension culinary innovation. In this episode, i got to chat with a Jamaican chef, educator, and social scientist Tiffany-Anne Parker (@pi.naan.ee) who uses pastry to curate the cultural culinary arts practice called Pienanny the interrogates issues of race gender, and culture through desserts.