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Black American chefs want credit for legacy of innovation

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I never once thought about food on racial terms, and have had fantastic food made from all races.

I would be embarrassed though to say I was the inventor of Mac and Cheese. That is not food to me.

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I would be embarrassed though to say I was the inventor of Mac and Cheese. 

That would reveal your age. Apicius gave the recipe in a book published 22 centuries ago. What cracks me is the guy in photo has even got the recipe of "furikake" from his African ancestors...

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It is very difficult for the Afro community to get ahead in a country with such a systematic 400-year-old racism as it is in the former British colony now US..

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So many great dishes from African and Caribbean peoples.

Jamaican goat curry is a favourite. Green bananas.

Black American soul food.

"Enslaved people were typically given a peck of cornmeal and 3-4 pounds of pork per week, and from those rations come soul food staples such as cornbread, fried catfish, barbecued ribs, chitterlings, and neckbones. Enslaved Africans were the primary consumers of cooked greens (collards, beets, dandelion, kale, and purslane) and sweet potatoes for a portion of US history."

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Take America's staple comfort food, mac and cheese, which was popularized by enslaved chefs.

These articles are getting better and better. Hang on while Google black US Chef schools of the 19th century.

Obviously written for 4th graders

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Silly article. How can even cooking be racist or at least be dragged into the systemic racism debate? Mac and cheese was indeed already mentioned in Roman times. Although I guess could have been invented and cooked by black Roman slaves.

Netflix really have made some dross recently. No wonder they are moving into gaming

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Sorry, but I’m not reading anything here that’s going to make me elevate black American cuisine to the same level as Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Italian, French, Turkish, Spanish or many other cuisines around the world. And that goes for American cuisine in general.

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zichi

So many great dishes from African and Caribbean peoples.

Jamaican goat curry is a favourite. Green bananas.

Black American soul food.

"Enslaved people were typically given a peck of cornmeal and 3-4 pounds of pork per week, and from those rations come soul food staples such as cornbread, fried catfish, barbecued ribs, chitterlings, and neckbones.

Wow they were magicians too making those rations into Fried Catfish , awesome story !

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Embarrassing, anything else left to shoehorn into the US racial divide. Starting to dislike all things coming out of America.

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Not exactly American, but I love vegan Jamaican patties.

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Its a marketing just like all those athletes suddenly becoming social justice protesters.

It used to be profession : specialty: heritage

Yet growing awareness of America's Black culinary heritage has emboldened gastronomers to celebrate its legacy.

You receive recog for your culinary skills and not ur race.

I for one will not endorse or partake in anything that has a racial label in front of food.

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So peanuts were brought from Africa? They traveled rather circuitously then because they originated in Peru.

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Jamaican goat curry is a favourite. Green bananas.

They're called Plantains

Black American soul food.

"Enslaved people were typically given a peck of cornmeal and 3-4 pounds of pork per week, and from those rations come soul food staples such as cornbread, fried catfish, barbecued ribs, chitterlings, and neckbones. Enslaved Africans were the primary consumers of cooked greens (collards, beets, dandelion, kale, and purslane) and sweet potatoes for a portion of US history."

Basically, blacks were given food that whites didn't really want. especially the more prosperous whites, they wanted the best meat and if you afford to beef in those days it showed how wealthy you were. Blacks had to learn to cook with what they already had, the scraps. Okra (which comes from West Africa which was brought over by slaves into the Americas is another staple, sweet potato pie and hamhocks are just a few of the amazing

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