High on the Hog

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High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America comes from acclaimed cookbook author Jessica B. Harris who weaves an utterly engaging history of African American cuisine. She takes the reader on a harrowing journey from Africa across the Atlantic to America and tracks the trials the people and the food have undergone along the way. From chitlins and ham hocks to fried chicken and vegan soul, Harris celebrates the delicious and restorative foods of the African American experience and details how each came to form an important part of African American culture, history, and identity. Although the story of African cuisine in America begins with slavery, High on the Hog ultimately chronicles a thrilling history of triumph and survival.

Museum Story

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nation's largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting, and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Established by an Act of Congress in 2003, it is the culmination of decades of efforts to establish a national museum that promotes and highlights the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected close to 37,000 objects.


  • 304 pages
  • 8.22"h. x 5.62"w.
  • Paperback
  • Illustrated throughout
  • Written by Jessica B. Harris
  • Foreword by Maya Angelou