Authorship, memory, aspiration: ‘The Rise’ of Black cooks

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Leah Chase and her gumbo inspired Chef Marcus Samuelsson. She held court in a brick building on Orleans Avenue in the Treme until her passing last June. Photo by Angie Mosier.

Black excellence has long been celebrated in popular culture — sports, music, literature and film. Why the delay in the culinary industry to recognize the contributions of Black cooks and innovators? Marcus Samuelsson shines the spotlight on the achievements and influence of those behind Black food in America. His new book, “The Rise,” describes authorship, memory, and aspiration when discussing the complexity and diversity of Black food and the cooks who make it.

Marcus Samuelsson celebrates the many narratives of the Black food experience in his book “The Rise.” Photo courtesy of Voracious Books.
Credits

Host:
Evan Kleiman

Producers:
Joseph Stone, Laryl Garcia