The Delicious AF Book Club

For the past year, Jennifer Cockrall and I dream up a welcoming and inclusive food-themed book club that virtually met monthly to read writers who have lots to say but have a difficult time getting heard. During that time, The Delicious AF Book Club looked like the world. Even though the book club won’t be continuing, here’s our ever-evolving list of reads to keep the work going:

  • Notes From a Young Black Chef: A Memoir / Kwame Onwuachi
  • In Bibi’s Kitchen / Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen
  • Eat a Peach / David Chang
  • To Asia, With Love / Hetty McKinnon
  • My Ackee Tree / Suzanne Barr
  • Like Water for Chocolate / Laura Esquivel
  • tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine / Shane Chartrand and Jennifer Cockrall-King
  • Fresh Off The Boat / Eddie Huang
  • Black Food / Bryant Terry
  • The Iraqi Cookbook/The Vegan Iraqi Cookbook / Lamees Ibrahim
  • Climbing the Mango Trees / Madhur Jaffrey 
  • Butter Honey Pig Bread: A Novel / Francesca Ekwuyasi
  • Soul Food / Adrian E. Miller
  • My Soul Looks Back / Jessica B. Harris
  • Cook Real Hawai’i: A Cookbook / Sheldon Simeon
  • Falastin / Sami Tamimi
  • Where I Come From: Life Lesson from a Latino Chef / Aarón Sánchez
  • Braiding Sweetgrass / Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • The Palestinian Table / Reem Kassis
  • The Cooking Gene & Rice / Michael Twitty
  • Cuisine and Empire / Rachel Kaiden 
  • Frying Plantain / Zalika Reid-Benta
  • Black, White and The Grey / Mashama Bailey
  • Dining In Paradise / Raquel Fox
  • The Cuisine of Life
  • Anything / Kim Thuy
  • Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America / Gustavo Arellano
  • Love, Loss and What We Ate / Padma Laksmi
  • Palestine on a Plate: Memories From My Mother’s Kitchen / Joudie Kalla
  • Pigtails ‘n’ Breadfruit / Austin Clark
  • Jubilee / Toni Tipton-Martin
  • The Measure of My Powers / Jackie Kai Ellis
  • The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks / Toni Tipton-Martin
  • The Last Baron / Omar Mouallem (documentary on CBC Gem)
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir / Marcus Samuelsson
  • My Shanghai / Betty Liu
  • Milk, Spice & Curry Leaves: Hill Country Recipes from the Heart of Sri Lanka/ Ruwanmali Samarakoon-Amunugama
  • Donut King / Ted Ngoy (also a documentary on CBC Gem)
  • You & I Eat the Same: On the Countless Ways Food and Cooking Connects Us and One Another / Chris Ying & MAD Dispatches V.1

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