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Southern Homecoming Traditions

Carolyn Quick Tillery

ISBN 0806526831
Publish Date 10/31/2006
Format Hardcover
Categories Citadel, Cooking, Cooking
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Southern Homecoming Traditions is both a cookbook and a celebration of the five historic black colleges and one university that comprise the Atlanta University Center: Morehouse, Spelman and Morris Brown Colleges, Clark-Atlanta University, Interdenominational Theological Center, and Morehouse School of Medicine. Author Carolyn Quick Tillery uses the evocative power of food to take us back to the institutions where so many great African-American leaders were educated, and the region where so many great dishes were created. With over 200 mouthwatering recipes, along with powerful history, moving remembrances, and stunning archival photographs, this book is a homecoming table laden with memories, pride, and pleasure.

A Sampling of the Recipes

Main Dishes

  • Spicy Fried Chicken with Spicy Tomato Salad

  • Sunday Collard Greens with Rice and Ham

  • Blazing Jalapenno and Turkey Greens

  • Oxtail Stew and Yellow Saffron Rice

  • Southern-Style Barbecued Pork Sandwich

Vegetables & Side Dishes

  • Garden Mustard Greens and Fresh Red Tomatoes

  • Butter Beans and Okra

  • Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

  • Hotlanta Slaw

Breads And Desserts

  • Sweet Cornbread

  • Sweet Potato Yeast Bread

  • Mother's Cake

  • Georgia Peach and Praline Pie

  • Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Amaretto Frosting

  • Sweet Potato Cake with Pineapple Filling and Cream Cheese Frosting

With her acclaimed historical cookbooks, such as The African-American Heritage Cookbook, Carolyn Quick Tillery has become the premier chronicler of the stories, traditions, and triumphs of our nation's great African-American academic institutions. Her books are sumptuous feasts that combine the ingredients of personal and collective history with archival photographs and hundreds of traditional and modern recipes. The results are as inspiring as they are mouthwatering--must-haves for home and school libraries as much as for kitchen bookshelves.

Southern Homecoming Traditions focuses on the food and history of one of America's most influential institutions, the Atlanta University Center, an affiliation of six schools--Morehouse, Spelman and Morris Brown Colleges, Clark-Atlanta University, Interdenominational Theological Center, and Morehouse School of Medicine--that constitute the largest, historically black educational complex in the world. For more than a century, these schools have gathered in one place the best and brightest of black America, including many of our nation's greatest civil rights leaders, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, Julian Bond, W.E.B. DuBois, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, Whitney Young, Marian Wright Edelman, and Ruby Doris Smith Robinson. The region also brought us a memorable cuisine that evokes all the tastes and flavors of a Southern home. From traditional dishes that are making a welcome comeback (Chicken and Waffles), to modern dishes and drinks (Jamaican Chicken, Georgia Peach Champagne Punch), to "forgotten soul foods" that are in danger of being lost forever (Smoked Turkey Neck and Collard Greens, "Chitlins" and Hog Maws), these recipes capture the aromas and emotions of the black experience, past and present.

A melting pot of speeches, songs, stories, and photographs, Southern Homecoming Traditions pays tribute to African-Americans who, instead of waiting for a seat at our nation's table, made that table bigger. Enhanced by inspiring African proverbs ("Teach a woman and you teach a nation") and touching remembrances, this is both a food lover¡¦s delight and a joyous living history of black America's continuing influence on American cuisine and culture.

About Carolyn Quick Tillery:

Carolyn Quick Tillery is a Tuskegee Institute alumna, a former Air Force officer and prosecuting attorney. Her other books include Celebrating Our Equality:  A Cookbook with Recipes and Remembrances from Howard University and A Taste of Freedom:  A Cookbook with Recipes and Remembrances from the Hampton Institute.  Her latest book in this series is Southern Homecoming Traditions, an NAACP Image Award finalist. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

Photo Credit: Ashley E. Tillery


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