Sweet Home Café Cookbook

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Since the 2016 opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, its Sweet Home Café has become a destination in its own right. Showcasing African American contributions to American cuisine, the café offers favorite dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, adding modern flavors and contemporary twists on classics. Now both readers and home cooks can partake of the café's bounty: drawing upon traditions of family and fellowship strengthened by shared meals. Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking celebrates African American cooking through recipes served by the café itself and dishes inspired by foods from African American culture.

With 109 recipes, the sumptuous Sweet Home Café Cookbook takes readers on a deliciously unique journey. Presented here are the salads, sides, soups, snacks, sauces, main dishes, breads, and sweets that emerged in America as African, Caribbean, and European influences blended together. Featured recipes include Pea Tendril Salad, Fried Green Tomatoes, Hoppin' John, Sénégalaise Peanut Soup, Maryland Crab Cakes, Jamaican Grilled Jerk Chicken, Shrimp and Grits, Fried Chicken and Waffles, Pan Roasted Rainbow Trout, Hickory Smoked Pork Shoulder, Chow Chow, Banana Pudding, Chocolate Chess Pie, and many others. More than a collection of inviting recipes, this book illustrates the pivotal'and often overlooked'role that African Americans have played in creating and re-creating American foodways. Offering a deliciously new perspective on African American food and culinary culture, Sweet Home Café Cookbook is an absolute must-have.

Museum Story

The Smithsonian's 19th and newest museum'the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history, and culture. The symbolic three-tiered corona architecture of the museum emulates the three-tiered crowns used in Yoruban art in West Africa.


  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • 10.27"l. x 8.78"w. x 0.94"h.

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March 18, 2022

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 A celebration indeed!

Absolutely enjoy this cookbook. The informational gems (family photos, regional locations of recipes, chef notes, etc.) provide a wholesome feeling of honoring and respecting the families whose contributions made this great book!


Nicole Law

January 5, 2022

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 Wonderful cookbook

I received this cookbook as a gift last year and enjoyed it so much I've bought more and gifted it to my friends. The recipes are delicious!



November 16, 2021

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 Excellent cookbook!

This cookbook contains great southern recipes.

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