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Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen by [Alexander Smalls, Veronica Chambers]

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Named one of the Best Books of 2020 by Esquire

Named one of the 11 New Cookbooks Worth Buying, Even in Quarantine by the New York Times

Named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Lifestyle Books of 2020

"This eclectic cookbook provides classic Southern recipes with extra flair thanks to Smalls's affinity for music. An internationally recognized opera singer, he elevates the work by naming each chapter after a type of music and diving into the details of his South Carolina childhood and how it influenced his cooking style." - Publishers Weekly

Chef Alexander Smalls began his life in the South Carolina low country, but has traveled the world as a world class opera singer, opened some of Americas finest restaurants, and has the awards to prove it. His new cookbook, Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen bridges his two passions and presents them as binding forces of culture and history. - Deep South Dining

Alexander Smalls might be the only person who's won a Grammy, a Tony, and a James Beard Award. His most recent book, Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen, bridges his celebrated careers as both an opera singer and a restaurateur while telling the story of Southern food through music. It's a rich and layered read, with each chapter paying tribute to a genre of music and a genre of food that, as Smalls writes in the book's introduction, 'are rooted in a knotty lineage that connects West Africa and Western Europe.' - Taste

"Alexander Smalls has owned, conceptualized, and helmed some of New York's most iconic African American restaurants. Now, he follows up the James Beard award-winning Between Harlem and Heaven with Meals, Music, and Muses, a look at his world glimpsed through the lenses of music, food, culture, and history. It is a must-read journey through a life well lived and in recipe and reminiscence details the musical forms learned, the friends and family who instructed, and the foods shared along the way." - Jessica B. Harris

"If wine is bottled poetry, and jazz is brown sugar sprinkled in your ear, then Meals, Music, and Muses is a smorgasbord of fine words and sounds, a delicious symphony of haute cuisine that'll make you wanna kiss your momma, then thank the ancestors for making a way out of no way--for Hoppin' John Cakes and Grits and Sage Sausage Gravy and Frogmore Stew and all the recipes Alexander Smalls has reimagined so elegantly." - Kwame Alexander

"I had the great honor of being a guest at one of Alexander's famous Sunday brunches in his beautiful brownstone in Harlem. The food was unbelievably delicious! It was a magical afternoon that I will never forget." - Tina Knowles-Lawson

"In Meals, Music, and Muses, Alexander creates a lyrical culinary anthology of our lives. A symphonic composition full of stories, contemporary southern recipes that celebrates the food and musical genres that influenced the history of America... He sets the table in a unique way from jazz to blues to divas on a plate...This is not your mother's cookbook... - Dee Dee Bridgewater

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Acclaimed restaurateur and co-author of James Beard award-winning Between Harlem and Heaven Alexander Smalls is back with recipes for classic African American dishes that originated in the South―and he organizes them according to the musical traditions to help readers understand the spirit behind them. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07QMHKLHC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Flatiron Books (25 February 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 81117 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 296 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 142 ratings

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Alexander Smalls is an iconic figure in American cooking. He is the former chef-owner of Caf&eacute; Beulah, the Cecil (named the best new restaurant in America by Esquire magazine in 2014), and three other NYC restaurants. He co-authored with JJ Johnson and Veronica Chambers Between Harlem and Heaven, the 2019 James Beard award winner for Best American Cookbook. Smalls is a world-renowned opera singer and the winner of a Grammy and a Tony Award.

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M. Way Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiest Food Experience I've Had Since the Start of Quarantine
Reviewed in the United States on 5 May 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happiest Food Experience I've Had Since the Start of Quarantine
Reviewed in the United States on 5 May 2020
Of all the "first-world" things I've been missing since the start of our new lifestyles under Covid-19, none has hit me harder on an emotional level than the inability to go to restaurants anymore. Aside from the camaraderie and energy I feel even being around strangers, I miss trying good foods made by different, more talented hands than my own. I miss the excitement of tasting what's possible with good prep, good ingredients and good imaginations grounded by the culinary traditions of storied cultures. The one bright side to this situation is now because of quarantine I have much more free time for prep and more money that used to go to restaurants and now can go towards ingredients and different seasonings. So I decided to fight the Covid sads by rolling the dice on myself, to see if I could expand my cooking repertoire. I am so very glad I started with Alexander Smalls' "Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen".

Small's recipes are both personally interesting to me based on my Southern-inclined palate and easy to execute based on the directions given. Initial prep took some time for me as a novice, but the actual cooking or production was only a matter of minutes. I put on some Apple Music jazz, poured myself several generous glasses of Butter Chardonnay and made an afternoon/evening of exploring the kind of joy Mr. Smalls clearly feels when he cooks. My efforts were well-rewarded. The taste of everything matched the excitement I felt looking at the pictures and reading Smalls' prose, and my girlfriend was quite impressed. Making Barbecue sauce from scratch, some of the best barbecue sauce I've ever had, was an especially memorable thrill. Alexander Smalls' book is exactly what my soul and my belly needed in this time. Went to bed smiling, woke up smiling and ready to take on the day. I look forward to cooking everything in it. I look forward to mentioning it to anyone who will listen. And I look forward to whatever else Mr. Smalls has published or will publish. Bravo. Bravo. Bravo.
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Michiko Bursey
3.0 out of 5 stars This Afro American cookbook could have been more like the cookbook "The Joy of Cooking" !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read and cook from this wonderful book.
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Eric W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cookbook
Reviewed in the United States on 10 August 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of THE best themed cookbooks!
Reviewed in the United States on 22 May 2020
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