DIRTY PAGES exhibit, collection, book: Hot cakes recipe from Rebekah Turshen’s grandfather’s truck stop. A Nashville gathering about "the dirty pages that mark the great recipes" in food memories of many cultures and generations.
Available again in its original format, this community treasure, first published in 1958 by the National Council of Negro Women, is a unique collection of historical facts, photos, personal anecdotes, and of course a rich selection of seasonally--arranged recipes for such dishes as Southern Hoppin' John, Corn Dumplings and Stew, West Indian Banana Jam, South Carolina Rice Waffles, Mandarin Pot Roast Chicken, and Peanut Cake with Molasses.
High on the Hog is a narrative of African American food history, with a few recipes. "The African Diaspora brought with it many of the foodways that most people think of as truly American. When looking at one of America’s earliest and most influential cookbooks, 1824’s Mary Randolph’s The Virginia House-wife, featured ingredients that simply hadn’t existed in America a hundred years earlier (e.g., field peas & okra..." Short review at link.
Marlene Dietrich loved to cook and work in the kitchen - Her chocolate cake recipe is at the link. Her lover, Jean Gabin, once complained, “She’s always scrubbing and cleaning!” One night at the Hollywood Canteen (wartime USO center), Van Johnson watched the legendary diva work herself up to something close to ecstasy while washing dishes. When he told her how surprised he was, she growled, “I’m a hausfrau, a cook—not that sequined clown you see on the stage!”