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12 Cookbooks From Black Chefs That Should Be Added to Your Reading List

There’s much to learn about African American cuisine. So much, in fact, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C. put together a James Beard Foundation Book Award-nominated cookbook, Sweet Home Cafe Cookbook, that not only features more than 100 dishes inspired by foods from African American culture, but it also shines a spotlight on the role African Americans played in creating and shaping American cuisine.

Since, African American cuisine has continued to evolve — and we have the many renowned Black chefs to thank for it, many of whom have rounded up their best Southern, soul food and creole recipes in best-selling, award-winning cookbooks.

From desserts and vegan-friendly dishes to unique takes on soul food and flawless fusions of African, Asian, Caribbean, and Southern plant-based cuisines, ahead are 12 of the best cookbooks written by Black chefs that should absolutely be added to your collection.

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