Antiracism

10 Black Food Bloggers to Follow

From recipe inspo to tools for building an antiracist culture.

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June  5, 2020
Photo by Rocky Luten

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“This is not to say that women of color are asking to be invited to a seat at the table. We’re making our own plates and we’re taking our rightful spots among everyone else.”
Korsha Wilson

This line from Wilson’s 2017 piece for VICE called to mind a company value: “We save everyone a seat.” This past winter, we spent some time as a team revisiting and renaming our guiding principles. But perhaps, in the same way that the abbreviation “DEI” can feel wrong, unsuitably small, there’s importance in taking a moment to unpack that promise we made as a company. In other words—once everyone is seated, what happens next?

Here, a list of 10 Black food bloggers to follow. In true modern-day-slasher-fashion, these bloggers do everything, and do it impossibly well. Not only will you find endless databases of trustworthy recipes, but ones that are vegan, not vegan, traditional, innovative, provocative, political, rage-filled, joyful, technical, fun. On top of this, beautifully styled photographs and engaging hosted videos. On top of that, many also produce podcasts and cultural criticism, write cookbooks and food history, cook on the line and for those in need, make art and food-art, and take the time to explain how things could be, should be done better. We’re honored to be sharing a table; we’re here to listen.

This is not at all to be seen as a comprehensive list; we look forward to hearing about your favorite bloggers in the comments section below.


1. Jenné Claiborne of Sweet Potato Soul

Why a sweet potato? Claiborne writes, “As a picky kid, they were one of the few healthy foods I would eat. Candied yams, sweet potato pie, and a good ol' baked sweet potato; when I think of soul food, these come to mind. Now as a vegan chef sweet potatoes are still my favorite food, and one of the most delightful and soulful ingredients.” Worry not—Sweet Potato Soul boasts recipes not only tuber-centric; the blog is full of vibrant dishes (a Nut-Free West African Peanut Stew, Miso and Mango Cabbage Salad, —OK and yes, Sweet Potato Chocolate Muffins). It’s also packed with smart, relevant tips that prove plant-based eating isn’t just inspo, but can be an accessible reality for everyone (think: the best way to store produce for longevity; how to shop vegan with just $35 a week).

2. Michael Twitty of Afroculinaria

Twitty’s blog (and book, The Cooking Gene) pull together his various, seemingly unrelated (but deeply entwined) interests: the study and preservation of African ancestral foodways, its influence on creole cuisines, and Jewish cultural issues. What ties them all together is what Twitty terms “identity cooking”: “Identity cooking isn’t about fusion; rather it’s how we construct complex identities and then express them through how we eat.” Afroculinaria is a wonderful resource for sharp cultural commentary, food history and culture, and interviews with fellow thought leaders.

3. Tunde Wey’s writing on From Lagos

Prolific chef, artist, and writer Wey uses “food to talk about important shit.” Admittedly, From Lagos is not a “blog” in the most traditional sense of the word, but Wey’s website and larger project does demand the same kind of close attention. Under “Writing,” find links to stellar pieces: “I Cook to Talk About Some Things We Don’t Want to Acknowledge”, and “The Power of Those Who Who Get to Tell the Stories”, to name just two. Under the “Food” tab, find documentation of past pop-up experiential dinners Wey has led, like SAARTJ (“a project highlighting racial wealth disparity by offering race-based tiered pricing to customers”), HOT CHICKEN SHIT (“a project to sell hot chicken at extortionist prices to fund a community land trust in black neighborhoods”), and LOVE WILL TRUMP (“a dinner series to spark romantic connections between U.S. citizens and immigrants”).

4. Aaron Hutcherson of The Hungry Hutch

Armed with a bachelors in systems engineering and a masters in finance, Hutcherson found himself well on track to a career on Wall Street. But then he went and started The Hungry Hutch, a blog chronicling his kitchen experiments—and the rest, as they say, is history. Hutcherson soon after enrolled in culinary school, happily trading in his suit for chef whites, devoting himself to the blog full-time. That passion being evident in his impressive diversity of recipes: his Black Pepper Cultured Butter Biscuits and Hazelnut Flour Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread recipes are just two of the many we’ve bookmarked.

5. Jerrelle Guy of Chocolate for Basil

To say recipe developer, food stylist, photographer, and writer Jerrelle Guy does it all is a severe understatement. Her book, Black Girl Baking, was nominated for a James Beard award in 2019; and Jerelle, along with her partner Eric, styled and photographed three other stunning cookbooks, including Toni Tipton-Martin’s Jubilee and Maegan Brown’s guide to aspirational cheese boards, Beautiful Boards. Through all this, she still maintains her beloved blog, delighting readers with unexpected flavor combinations and techniques: Tofu Tiramisu, Seaweed Casserole, Pretzel Shortbread.

6. Vallery Lomas of Foodie in New York

Winner of ABC’s, now-cancelled Great American Baking Show, lawyer-turned-blogger Lomas has hardly missed a beat. As Buzzfeed so aptly put it, Lomas turned “lemons into lemon curd.” Subscribers of Foodie in New York can expect recipes for extravagant tarts, lacy cookies, and towering layer cakes (like this honey-lavender lemon tart, these oat flour cookies, and this one bowl carrot cake), Lomas’s own ebook on summer desserts, along with links to Lomas’s numerous appearances on podcasts (she now co-hosts Heritage Radio Network’s Why Food? with Ethan Frisch), TV cooking shows, and online recipe videos.

7. Alisha Sommer of Sommersalt

Charred green-gold spring onions, a glowing bottle of Pinot Gris, the furled, purple edges of a head of Ruby lettuce: Food-, wine-, and words-enthusiast Alisha Sommer collects images like artifacts on her self-described hunt for beauty. For more of the latter, turn to her poignant, daily log of Ten Things, now in its 1064th installment (!):

6/2
1. The heat returns.
2. More and more baby snails, some less than an inch long. Tiny miracles.
3. I listen.
4. I see all the black squares and it doesn’t seem right. This is not right. I am not wrong.
5. Long chains of puzzle pieces, no idea of where they belong. The puzzles help the nerves, give the hands something else to do that’s not scrolling.
6. The feeling of being an outsider never seems to go away.
7. I don’t have the capacity at the moment.
8. To text someone you haven’t talked to in 10 years so that you can unload your guilt. Audacity. But not surprised. I just hope none of the other white people from my past suddenly feel the need to call and text me.
9. We say “no” to the Youtube channel. I suggest making videos and sharing directly with friends through the messenger app. She says there is a 2-minute limit for videos. Then we have a short conversation—well, a lecture—on how working within constraints pushes your creativity.
10. She is preaching a sermon. I hope the ones who needed to listen, were actually listening.
11. How long could this last? For as long as people have time. Right now, they’ve got a lot of it. And, in some way, that is the beauty of cosmic timing.

8. Dr. A. Breeze Harper of Sistah Vegan

With a PhD in Critical Food Geographies, Dr. A. Breeze Harper’s blog, Sistah Vegan, offers not vegan recipes, but critical writings on the interstice of Blackness, veganism, and feminism. Find tools for introspection, for talking to kids about racism and anti-Blackness, and a guide on how to design—not retrofit—diversity, equity, and inclusion into a business, to name just a few posts.

9. Tanorria Askew of Tanorria’s Table

You may recognize Askew as the 2016 MasterChef contestant that cooked up “the best shrimp and grits” chef Ramsey has ever had. What’s happened in the years since? She now co-hosts The Convo Might Get Awkward, a podcast examining white privilege, systemic racism, and the tools needed for an antiracist future. She’s still blending her passions for cooking, diversity, and inclusion by volunteering her time and delicious cooking to those in need. And, of course, she’s still dreaming up wildly impressive recipes (just look at these layers!) on her blog, Tanorria’s Table.

10. Darius Williams of Darius Cooks

On his blog, Darius offers recipes that span not only cuisines, cultures, and genres (Peach Cobbler Cream Cheese Pound Cake, Creamed Spinach Tortellini, Spinach & Artichoke Mac & Cheese), but writes on everything from restaurant news to TikTok trends, new food products to pandemic safety. This array of content might seem dizzying at first, but is, in fact, just natural for Darius. His passion, insatiable curiosity for all things, everything food is infectious. This video of him debunking a TikTok hack for cleaning strawberries made me smile:

This is by no means an exhaustive list. We hope you'll share your favorite Black food bloggers in the comment section below.

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17 Comments

Jess007 September 6, 2020
Thanks for the nice blogs' list! The only thing I would add is some info on food delivery on these sources. E.g. like in ubereats support description
 
DanniBee July 6, 2020
You're definitely missing @itsholly and @stovetopkisses! They are amazing in their own respective ways. Check them out on IG with the handles mentioned above!
 
FoodLadyZu July 6, 2020
Thank you! I just followed them both!
 
FoodLadyZu June 22, 2020
Hello I'm an up & coming food blogger my name is Zula Lawrence also known as FoodLadyZu. I enjoy traveling and writing about food. If you are interested you can find me on the web at foodladyzu.com. I also have 2 social media pages @FoodLadyZula on Instagram and Zula Ki Let's Go Travel & Eat on Facebook. Help me grow please. I appreciate the love & support. Thank you.
 
Malia June 17, 2020
I'm curious to know if the writer of the piece or the editors saw Alicia Sommers' 10 things post on 6/7 where she was stated she was annoyed at being called a food blogger. If you haven't seen it, I encourage you to read it and reflect on what she says about these types of lists. https://www.sommersalt.com/ten-things/tenone-thousand-amp-sixty-nine
 
EM Y. June 15, 2020
Tabitha Brown!! https://instagram.com/iamtabithabrown
 
KarenM June 14, 2020
Thank you! To you - and to the comments people have posted before mine ;)
I appreciate you all sharing new (to me) and important things.
 
Kendra H. June 14, 2020
How did you sleep on The Kitchenista Diaries? Her cookbooks are fantastic! And she’s got a great online fan base! http://www.kitchenistadiaries.com/p/instagram.html?m=1
 
Steve June 14, 2020
Jessica in the Kitchen for vegan recipes
 
Bevi June 9, 2020
I recommend that all follow Samin Nosrat on instagram, ciaosamin. She has complied extensive resources and is devoting what seems like all of her efforts to educating homecooks and people who are not BIPOC about resources, organizations to donate to, black chefs and cooks to follow, and black owned businesses around the USA to support. Samin has done an amazing job and is to be commended.
 
janine June 8, 2020
💛 the recipes!
 
Selma M. June 7, 2020
Another cookbook author and blogger is Kathy Strahs = https://paninihappy.com/
 
Katie W. June 7, 2020
Grandbabycakes https://instagram.com/grandbabycakes?igshid=1cat4seixmssd
 
Vern D. June 6, 2020
Noodleworship
 
James A. June 6, 2020
Notably missing:

http://www.halibeyramdene.com
 
HalfPint June 5, 2020
Artisan Bryan is my current favorite blog. All the beautiful posts about bread, sourdough, and Latino baking. He's got new cookbook coming out called "New World Sourdough" and I am so excited for it.
 
alison4 June 5, 2020
The Diabetic Pastry Chef is a black owned business. https://diabeticpastrychef.com