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Praisesong for the kitchen ghosts : stories and recipes from five generations of black country cooks

Wilkinson, Crystal (author.).

Summary: "A lyrical culinary journey that explores the hidden stories of Black Appalachians through powerful essays and forty comforting recipes from the Poet Laureate of Kentucky. Years ago, when O. Henry Prize-winning writer Crystal Wilkinson was baking a jam cake, she felt her late grandmother's presence. She soon realized that she was not the only cook in her kitchen; There were an abundance of ancestors stirring, measuring, and braising with her. These are her kitchen ghosts, five generations of Black women who arrived in her region of Appalachia and made a life, a legacy, and a cuisine. Part food memoir, part cookbook, Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts weaves fiction with historical records, memories, and interviews to present a unique culinary portrait of Black Appalachians. Forty recipes rooted deep in the past yet full of contemporary flavor are brought to vivid life through stunning photography and beautiful illustrations. You'll find delicious favorites such as Corn Pudding, Chicken and Dumplings, Jam Cake, and Praisesong Biscuits woven into the narrative of Crystal's family, portraying the experience and history of Black Appalachians through their voice, spirit, and foodways. As the keeper of her family's stories and treasured dishes, Crystal shares her inheritance in Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts. She found these stories woven into her apron pockets, floating inside the steam of hot mustard greens, and tucked into the sweet scent of clove and cinnamon in her kitchen. Crystal conjures up her ancestors every time she cooks, honoring the mothers who came before her, the land that housed generations of her family, and the untold heritage of Black Appalachia"--

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  • ISBN: 9780593236512
  • Physical Description: print
    x, 243 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter Publishers, [2024]

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General Note:
Includes index.
Subject: Cooking Appalachian Region, Southern
Cooking, American Southern style
African American women authors United States Biography
Wilkinson, Crystal Family
African American women Kentucky History
Appalachians (People) Kentucky Anecdotes
Country life Kentucky
Food habits Kentucky
Genre: Cookbooks.

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  • 7 of 13 copies available at Evergreen Indiana. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at South Whitley Community Public Library. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at South Whitley Comm. PL - South Whitley.


  • 0 current holds with 13 total copies.
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South Whitley Comm. PL - South Whitley 641.59 WILKINSON CRYSTAL (Text) 30402004905545 NEW NON-FICTION Available -

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