Inspiring Cookbooks by Black Authors to Add to Your Bookshelf

Food, like other facets of life, has the potential to reflect the values of the wider culture around it and we are long overdue in recognizing Black culinary excellence on a bigger scale. The contributions of Black cooks, foodies, and chefs on the world of food spans centuries and continents, and the byproduct is a complexity of traditions, cuisines, and techniques that’s apparent in the 10 cookbooks below.

This list is just a starting point for some of the essential cookbooks by Black chefs and authors across the Black diaspora, and while it is by no means exhaustive, it serves as a reminder of the influence of Black cooking, now and always.