Former slaves' first-hand accounts, many collected as part of the Federal Writers Project during the late 1930's, provide the foundation for a discussion of foods from slavery days. Published 1998. 23 recipes, 109 research notes, 12,747 words. This eBook file correlates to the twentieth printing, September 2010.
In "Plantation Row Slave Cabin Cooking" Patricia B. Mitchell explores the topic of slave food on Southern plantations. She also touches on the overall lifestyle of slaves, briefly discussing housing, amusements, religion, and clothing.
The superior talent of black cooks is lauded. Whether making humble dishes in the slave cabin, or elegant fare for the mansion table, dark-skinned cooks welded the âkitchen scepterâ with skill and creativity. Recipes for such fare as âHog Maw Salad,â âLimping Susan,â âPlantation Shortcake,â and âMolasses Taffyâ pepper the book. â âDe eats wuz goodâ¦â as Aron Carter remembered. Such âeatsâ are âThe Roots of Soul Food.â
109 endnotes will assist those who wish to learn more about the subject, and the first-person accounts in the text will be remembered and even read out loud to others. Created as a resource for museums, Plantation Row Slave Cabin Cooking is a follow-up to the author's earlier popular book Soul on Rice: African Influences on American Cooking.