Toni Tipton-Martin, Author, Activist, Educator and Curator
Friday, September 07, 2018  6:00 PM
Copeland Room, Delaware History Museum - Wilmington
New Directions in African American Heritage


Toni Tipton-MartinNote: Toni Tipton-Martin will also lead a Youth Workshop on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Read House & Gardens beginning at 2:00 p.m. - click here for details!

Toni Tipton-Martin is an award-winning food and nutrition journalist and community activist who is busy building a healthier community through her books, classes, and foundation.  She is a James Beard Book Award winner, and has appeared as a guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef.  In 2016, Toni was featured on CBS Sunday Morning’s annual food show, and in the anthology, Best Food Writing of 2016.  In 2008, Tipton-Martin founded the SANDE Youth Project as a grassroots outreach to improve the lives of vulnerable families.  SANDE is dedicated to combating childhood hunger, obesity and disease by promoting the connection between cultural heritage, cooking, and wellness.  Through community partnerships with universities, private and public entities, including Oldways Preservation Trust, the City of Austin, Edible Austin Magazine, and others, Toni’s foundation presents two community events, Soul Summit:  A Conversation About Race, Identity, Power and Food, and the Children’s Picnic: A Real Food Fair.  Both events are gatherings that invite writers, scholars, authors, chefs, students and anyone interested in food justice issues to come together and celebrate African American foodways.

Motivated by the idea of reclaiming a creative legacy of Southern black women as cooks and nurturers who should be celebrated for developing and sustaining a unique culture and social foundation for family life, with a significant historical impact, Toni has published a number of books.  In 2005, she edited a reprint of an early 20th century cookbook, The Blue Grass Cook Book, by Minnie C. Fox (University Press of Kentucky). Tipton-Martin is co-author of A Taste of Heritage: the New African-American Cuisine (Macmillan, 2002) and wrote the chapter on the South for Culinaria: The United States, A Culinary Discovery (Konemann, 1998).

The Jemima Code:  Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks (2015) traces the presence of black women in cookbooks and journalism, as professionals and managers with high-quality culinary skills, including food styling and presentation, influenced by African cultural retentions and oral traditions.  Her work rejects stereotypes of black women and challenges the ways in which they have been erased from American history by reconstructing a foundation for understanding cooking as involving chemistry, math and science, and entrepreneurship.  From this historical perspective, the traditions of soul food place black women at the center of a process of teaching, learning and transmitting culture through apprenticeship and observation.  Her new book, The Jubilee of African American Cooking, includes 500 recipes adapted from The Jemima Code.

The presentation will be followed by a book signing, with copies of The Jemima Code available for purchase in the museum gift shop.

FREE and open to the public.

Registration is required; click here to register.

FREE PARKING is available courtesy of Colonial parking on the corner of 6th and Shipley streets.

Co-sponsored by

Delaware Historical Society         Delaware Humanities Forum



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