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Jessica B. Harris

Jessica B. Harris is the author of eight books documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora. In addition to her cookbook, Beyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food from the Atlantic Rim, her previous works include The Africa CookbookThe Welcome TableSky Juice and Flying FishA Kwanzaa KeepsakeTasting Brazil, and Iron Pots & Wooden Spoons.

She gave lectures on African American foodways at the Museum of Natural History in New York City, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and at numerous institutions and colleges throughout the United States and abroad. She teaches at Queens College in New York City.

In 2004, Harris was awarded the Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award.

Date of interview:
2005-12-28 00:00

Damian Mosley, Friend of SFA & Glory Foods Scholarship Winner


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