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Leah Chase

Maya Angelou

Edna Lewis

Dori Sanders

Gene Hovis

B. Smith

Bryant Terry

Favorite Cookbook


Soul Food Cookbooks and Cookbooks by African Americans with Family Photo

The Buster Holmes Restaurant Cookbook

(1980; 2010)

"Fresh Strawberry Pie"

"Fried Chicken"

Buster Holmes; Pelican

Tupelo Honey Cafe (2011)

"Benne-Coated Asparagus"

by Elizabeth Sims with Chef Brian Sonoskus

New Ebony Cookbook


"Oven-Fried Chicken"

By Charlotte Lyons

Country Cooking


"Soft-Shell Crabs with

Spicy Lime Sauce"

by James Villas

Well-Seasoned Appetite


"Spinach Salad with Bacon & Mushrooms"

By Molly O'Neill

In Season

green onions and radish are spring vegetables



Brussels Sprouts




Tools We Like:

Mini Prep Bowls

Our favorites offer:

*secure grip for wet hands 

*measuring lines (tablespoons)



Tips Q/A:


Tip Quiz:

Pieces of which green vegetable double as a meat & poultry rack in the base of your slow cooker?


Scrolling Photo Credits from Page Top, including Julia Child, Marcus Samuelsson, Art Smith, Leah Chase and more…

Counter-Clockwise Beginning with Wedding:

1. Donna's parents (Muriel & Eliot Batte) w/ Mobile, Alabama wedding party, June 28, 1950. ( Eliot Battle & flower girl, Peggy Cooper Caffritz, 2009.)

2. Donna with Art Smith.

3. Donna's paternal great aunts (c.1890)

Wilson, North Carolina.

4. Donna with Julia Child, Greenbrier Hotel, 1997.

5. From private photo collection, unknown Boone County Missouri Couple/WW1.

6. Donna, Donna's Father, Eliot Battle, Sr., Chef Marcus Samuelsson.



Black America Cooks


Donna Battle Pierce Celebrates Soulful Cooks, Cookbooks, Soul Food, Creole & Southern Recipes


Skillet Diary Cookbooks™ preserve family recipes

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Traditional Family Recipes
Skinny Soul Food Recipes




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Soul Food & Much More From the Web

Great Potluck Ideas to Feed a Crowd (Huffington Post)

Watch Chef Marcus Samuellson's new twist
to fried chicken recipe…

Problems on Oprah's "Sweetie Pies?"

Review of Soul Food in the U.K.

New Soul Food Cafe in Las Vegas



Skillet Diaries™ Salute

John Pinderhughes, Award-Winning Photographer, (Commercial and Fine Art); Cookbook author

"My true love for cooking began with my grandmother…"

…John Pinderhughes

Born: January 26, Washington DC
Cooking Style: "Regional recipes shared by Black American and Caribbean family and friends.

Memorable Quote: "I've talked my way into many a kitchen. I've been fortunate in knowing and becoming close to lots of wonderful people, many of whom shared not only their love and their lives but their cooking…"

Special Honors:

Clio Awards; Art Directors Club; CEBA Award of Excellence

Why we cherish John Pinderhughes: He reminds us to appreciate the beauty in simple things, including shared recipes and the people who share them. We loved this video highlighting his work, and imagined (based on Family of the Spirit) that he spent time at Dooky Chase Restaurant while on location in New Orleans.




Family of the Spirit, 1990;      Coming Together (w/Harriet Cole)



Recipe Highlights:

Dishes shared by family/friends in Family of the Spirit include"Damu's" Cuban-inspired pig's feet; "Gum Gum's" crab cakes and timely egg recipes (Deviled Eggs and Egg Salad) from B.G.'s dad, making good use of this season's extra "hard-cooked" eggs

Weiss and Jews;

Skillet Diary™ Flavors of Home

Family of the Spirit

Although we have never met in person, John Pinderhughes and I have cooked together since my now gently worn book with bent page corners and spills was fresh off the press.

Of the thousands of cookbooks in my collection, only a half dozen make the single shelf in my kitchen reserved for "cooking books."



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"Family Celebrations"



Donna Pierce Visits Bernard Loyd, former McKinsey & Co., now a Chicago Community Activist and Developer in a Chicago Bronzeville garden.




The "Food Sleuth" Interviews Donna Pierce about Black America Cooks, Soul Food & Skillet Diaries™

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