Black America Cooks (Beta)
Celebrating Cooks, Culture and Tradition
Dori Sanders, Best Selling Novelist, Cookbook Author
"Delicious Reports From A Family Farm"
Birthplace: Filbert, S.C.
Memorable Quote: "Unlike what so many people think, we Southern farmers don't--and never did--eat our food swimming in sugar and fat...We ate lots of fruits and vegetables.
Notable Honors: Lillian Smith Book Award
Why we Love Dori Sanders: Her family memories remind us to value and treasure our traditions. Her musical laugh reminds us to live in the moment. Her delicious recipes reminds of the beauty in simple recipes made with the finest ingredients.
by Dori Sanders, 1990
by Dori Sanders, 1993
By Dori Sanders, 1995
Weiss and Jews;
Week ending 10/31
Dori Sanders: A Voice in the Dark
"I didn't know enough to turn down the invitation to speak at the Charleston Food & Wine Festival scheduled only a few weeks after my mother's unexpected death seven years ago. Looking back at the conference, I only remember a few minutes behind the podium and a weekend filled with a dense fog of activity.
Dori Sanders and I shared a small suite amid rooms reserved for speakers at the College of Charleston. We reached these rooms in the historic section of campus by climbing a narrowly winding interior staircase.
"Your voice is all I distinctly recall from that weekend…the voice of an angel," I explained a few weeks ago during a phone conversation when she brought up my mom.
"You had just lost your mother; I remember your face stricken with sadness and grief," she said.
"I also remember you balancing up that tiny winding staircase in those high heels. That wasn't an easy climb in flats...So, I didn't worry about you. I knew you were strong enough to get to the other side of your grief," she laughed.
This exchange describes what I love most about Dori Sanders and her writing. Like the author, the cookbook is filled with compassion and respect for the past. All this is presented with a light-hearted voice, reminding us that a wise woman shares our path.
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