CORNBREAD COLLARD GREENS
Everyone loves "Southern" food, but until recently few acknowledged the heavy influences of soul food, which itself was born of necessity from West African cuisine and slavery. Cornbread & Collard Greens is more than a cookbook. It's a mirror into the non-traditional Southern African-American diaspora, through which history and creative interpretations of soul foods are reflected.Deah effortlessly infuses her love of history with her personal familial narratives and carefully crafts recipes she's designed as a nod to a skill her ancestors perfected - creating delicious meals out of not only a necessity but imagination. Her unique cooking style is complemented by her influences from various countries she has visited. No other book will teach you the history of collard greens, while simultaneously showing you how this Southern staple inspired her collard green stuffed ravioli with buttermilk béchamel sauce or her creamy collard green soup with crispy prosciutto.With more than forty authentic recipes that beautifully capture the flavors and essence of modern soul food cooking, Cornbread & Collard Greens is an indispensable addition to any cookbook, history and memoir collections.
‘Her view on food is phenomenal, in her cookbook, Deah ties in her childhood roots along with African history & awesome quotes to create this interesting spin on a cookbook. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!’
Deah Berry Mitchell is a freelance writer and part-time culinary instructor residing in Dallas,Texas
A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has written for various school newspapers and magazines. After receiving her undergraduate degrees in physiology and sports marketing and a brief internship with National Football League, Super Bowl, she continued down a path leading towards a professional career in sporting events. As fate would have it, an unexpected layoff forced Berry Mitchell, a born teacher, to rely on her innate gifts for creating elegant meals at home and instructing others how to prepare the same. Also during this time she started a popup outdoor eatery and used this time to hone her cooking skills by gaining an instructor position at a gourmet food and cookware retailer.
Just before receiving her master's degree in creative writing she began researching the origins of soul food. Berry Mitchell has worked professionally in the nonprofit development sector for over a decade, helping fund some subjects from higher education to health sciences. Hailing from Sherman, Texas, and like many Southern natives, she was raised in a family of traditionalists eating the very foods she’s researched. After moving to Houston, Texas and gaining influences from various cultures, she began to incorporate those cooking styles into her recipes.
When she’s not developing recipes Berry Mitchell, a self-proclaimed food-enthusiast, enjoys traveling, entertaining friends and family at home, planning events and writing. Deah volunteers with a local nonprofit, FEED Oak Cliff, and works within the community to increase awareness of food deserts and health equity.
This is Deah’s first book, and she looks forward to penning more novels, everything in between food and fiction, in the near future.
This book is filled with amazing non-traditional soul food recipes.I’m not a great cook, and often struggle to find cookbooks that I want to read, and try, from cover to cover.I opened this book hoping to find some cool recipes, but it gave me so much more. I could barely tear myself away from the beautiful photos, and history long enough to dive into the recipes.This book is a must have! ...
Wow! I am so happy about this culinary publication. The author is my first cousin and I personally, lived the culinary history along with her. This book showcases her passion,talent and experience. Deah! Thank you for sharing such sacred and dear experiences with the world...
This book is full of great stories and histories of soul food. It pays proper homage to its African ancestry and brings the traditional recipes to today's table in healthy and inspiring ways. A great read! Have my own copy and am gifting 2 more! ...
Her view on food is phenomenal, in her cookbook, Deah ties in her childhood roots along with African history & awesome quotes to create this interesting spin on a cookbook. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!! ...