Brown Sugar Kitchen Puts the Soul in Soul Food

updated Jun 5, 2019
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The cookbook: Brown Sugar Kitchen by Tanya Holland

The angle: Best recipes from Oakland’s own little “soul food outpost.”

Recipes for right now: Cornmeal Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup, Creole Shrimp & Grits, Green Chile-Harissa Potato Gratin, Herbed Mushroom Spoon Bread, Jerk Baby Back Ribs, Black-Bottom Maple-Pecan Bars

Who would enjoy this book? If reading any of those recipes has your stomach rumbling, you would enjoy this book.

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Quick Facts

Who published it: Chronicle Books

Number of recipes: 80

Other highlights: Chef Tanya Holland has put her heart and soul into this restaurant, which is just as much a reflection of its West Oakland neighborhood as it is of her own cooking style, and this cookbook is an extension of what she’s created there. It’s full of recipes that can only be described as soul food — fried chicken, creamy grits, skillet cornbread, and jerk-spiced ribs. This is the kind of food that sounds good no matter what time of day it is or what your previous meal plans might have been. It’s boldly spiced and full of energy, and its not shy about bacon fat. Ask for seconds because you’re not leaving the table still hungry.

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Brown Sugar Kitchen by Tanya Holland

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