Local History Closings

The Local History Room will have different hours the week of June 17th:

  • Monday, June 17th: normal hours 
  • Tuesday, June 18th: Closed
  • Wednesday, June 19th: Closed
  • Thursday, June 20th: 10 am-12 pm
  • Friday, June 21st: 10 am-12 pm

Regular hours will resume the following week. 

Let's Get Cooking...

Winter is the perfect time to escape into your kitchen and try out new recipes! Check out one of these cookbooks written by Black chefs! 


The Way Home: A Celebration of Sea Islands Food and Family with Over 100 Recipes by Kardea Brown

Jubilee: Recipes From Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Tori Tipton-Martin

My America: Recipes From a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi

The Africa Cookbook: Tastes of a Continent by Jessica B. Harris

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael Twitty

Afro-Vegan: Farm Fresh African, Caribbean & Southern Flavors Remixed by Bryant Terry

In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes & Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean by Hawa Hassan

The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food by Marcus Samuelsson

Cooking from the Spirit: Easy, Delicious, & Joyful Plant-Based Inspirations by Tabitha Brown

Watermelon & Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations by Nicole A. Taylor https://fcls.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/fcls/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1524269/one?qu=Watermelon+and+Red+Birds%3A+A+Cookbook+for+Juneteenth+and+Black+Celebrations

Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland by Tanya Holland

Meals, Music, & Muses: Recipes from my African American Kitchen by Alexander Smalls

Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul by Jenne Claiborne

Melba’s American Comfort: 100 Recipes from my Heart to Your Kitchen by Melba Wilson

New World Sourdough: Artisan Techniques for Creative Homemade Fermented Breads; With Recipes for Birote, Bagels, Pan de Coco, Beignets, and More by Bryan Ford

Provisions: The Root of Caribbean Cooking, 150 Vegetarian Recipes by Michelle Rousseau & Suzanne Rousseau

Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories by Jocelyn Delk Adams

Black Food: Stories, Art & Recipes From Across the African Diaspora edited by Terry Bryant


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