High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America

Jessica B. Harris’s absorbing new book, “High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America” zeroes in on what she sees as the two divergent strands of African-American cooking. The first reveres homey staples like corn pone, fried chicken and chitterlings (a pig’s small intestines), and embraces those cooks who can, as she writes, “put a hurtin’ on a mess of greens.”

The second strand is aspirational and omnivorous. Historically, it includes recipes from, she says, “Big House cooks who prepared lavish banquets, caterers who created a culinary cooperative in Philadelphia in the 19th century, a legion of black hoteliers and culinary moguls and a growing black middle and upper class.”


“Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America” Book Review

His story starts in America’s historically black neighborhoods, where segregation brought people of different economic classes together. Robinson says that began to change during the civil rights era.

“People who had the means and had the education started moving out of what had been the historic black neighborhoods,” Robinson explains.

He cites Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood as a prime example of this because of how Shaw was home to a vibrant black community and a thriving entertainment scene in the 1930s through the 1950s. By the ’70s, Shaw had become a desolate, drug-ridden area.

“In city after city, African-American neighborhoods, that …once had been vibrant and in a sense whole — disintegrated,” Robinson says.

He attributes that change to African-Americans taking advantage of new opportunities, resulting in a more economically segregated community.


Terry McMillan’s “Waiting to Exhale” sequel “Getting Happy” to be published this week

Fans of the bestselling novel “Waiting to Exhale” may have been holding their breath for a sequel all these years, but author Terry McMillan never thought she would revisit her most famous characters.

“I had not intended to write a sequel about these women. Not at all,” says McMillan, 58, of the four black 30-something women whose stories of love, affairs, fires and friendship were told in 1992’s “Waiting to Exhale” and are reprised in “Getting to Happy,” published in the United States this week.


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[Discussion] “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man”


Ladies, Since Mr. Harvey has chosen to speak for all mankind in his new release, we would like to open a discussion to clear any unclear topics.

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