Celebrating Black History Through Food

A collection of SAVEUR's best stories about the foods and culinary traditions of the African diaspora

In honor of Black History Month, we're paying tribute to the culinary traditions and accomplishments of Black chefs across the globe. Not limited to Americans, these stories dive deep into traditions beloved by a variety of cultures displaced during the African diaspora. In one, Dr. Jessica B. Harris describes a culinary road trip through Provence with American author James Baldwin. In another, African-Canadian writer Chantal Martineau explores the roots of her country's complicated history with Black Canadians through the foods of her native Nova Scotia. One describes a Nigerian-born chef's radical dinner series in Pittsburgh, which seeks to facilitate love marriages between immigrants and American citizens. These stories take us to the American South, to Brazil, to the Caribbean, Chicago, and beyond, shedding light on important perspectives that are too often overlooked.

Dining with James Baldwin

At the Table with Jimmy
Jessica B. Harris remembers a summer week in Provence, dining and drinking with the iconic writer. Read More »Ryan Pfluger

Seeking Lunch and Refuge at Manhattan’s Last Haitian Café

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Le Soleil, the only Haitian restaurant left in Manhattan proper, is a vestige of the neighborhood's former Haitian population, and remains a home-away-from-home for Haitian-Americans in New York. Read More »Jasmine P. Ting

Chicago Is A City Divided By Barbecue

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The South Side's smoked rib tips and hot links represent an indispensable regional barbeque style, but half the city doesn't know it exists. Why? Read More »Brian Finke

Can A Blind Dinner Date Help Bring Down Border Walls?

Marriage Trumps All
Nigerian chef Tunde Wey's latest dinner series hosts first dates as a commentary on American immigration policy. Read More »Allie Wist

Get Thee To The Four Way Restaurant In Memphis

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Why we urge you to dine at this beacon of civil rights history, Southern heritage, and the epitome of Tennessee soul food. Read More »Michael Butler Jr.

The Underexplored Roots of Black Cooking In Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Dinner
African Nova Scotian culture is preserved and promoted through family recipes. Read More »Hannah Whitaker

How African-American Chefs Are Revializing The Baltimore Food Scene

Taueret Khepera Thomas, Owner of Khepera’s Kitchen
The Maryland city is getting an upgrade from a wave of Black entrepreneurs. Read More »Dana Givens

Our New Favorite Hot Sauces Are Made In Home Kitchens On The Island of Nevis

Jennifer Weekes
Nevisians are obsessive about their pepper sauces. Read More »Nevis Tourism

Inside A Raucous Brazilian Sea Goddess Festival

73-year-old priestess Mãe Pel
In Salvador, Brazil, a festival honors the sea goddess Iemanjá, ensuring that there will always be an abundance of fish. Read More »Shirley Stolze

Workin' Roots: On The Importance Of A Shared Oral History

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Over a glass of wine, Dr. Jessica B. Harris discusses the sharing of agricultural knowledge and the complicated culinary implications of the African Diaspora. Read More »Gabrielle Eitienne

Lunch At This Iconic New Orleans Restaurant Includes A Fried Chicken Avalanche

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Dining at Dooky Chase with the equally legendary Jessica B. Harris. Read More »Pableaux Johnson

The Author Of 'The Cooking Gene' On The Black Soul Of American Eating

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Historian Michael Twitty recreates the food of his enslaved ancestors to unravel the African American roots of Southern cuisine. Read More »Amistad