If I Can Cook/You Know God Can: African American Food Memories, Meditations, and Recipes

Beacon. (Celebrating Black Women Writers). Jan. 2019. 140p. illus. notes. ISBN 9780807021446. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780807021453. COOKING
Originally published in 1998, this updated edition of If I Can Cook/You Know God Can includes meditations on Shange's (For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf) childhood and life as a black playwright and poet. Shange, who died in October 2018, writes in a casual, friendly style of a friend visiting and sharing her best dishes and stories. Along with plenty of recipes, the collection also sheds light on the life experiences of a woman in the Black Arts Movement and the relationship between blackness and art.
VERDICT An appealing collection for fans of Shange's work and students of African American studies.

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