21 Cookbooks by Black Authors You Should Add to Your Shelf

In Notes from a Young Black Chef, chef Kwame Onwuachi writes, “the most corrosive form [of racism], and often the hardest to address, is not being seen at all.” Even though food itself is universal—we all need to eat—the food industry has a long way to go when it comes to diversity and inclusion. One way to start? By seeing, recognizing, celebrating and supporting the Black chefs, cookbook authors and food writers who’ve contributed to the industry in your own kitchen. Here, a noncomprehensive list of 21 cookbooks by Black authors that you can buy in support.

(Psst: We encourage you to check your local bookstore or to see if they carry the title you’re looking for. Know of a book we should add? Email us.)

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1. the New Way To Cake By Benjamina Ebuehi

If you’re a fan of The Great British Bake Off, you’ll remember Benjamina Ebeuhi from season 7. Her cookbook, which is filled with 60 cake recipes, is inspired by her journey to GBBO, her Nigerian heritage and her London, England upbringing. It’s divided into six chapters based on flavor: spice; chocolate; citrus; nuts and caramel; fruit and floral, with inventive yet easy recipes for every season.

Katherine Gillen

Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...
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