Buy Kitchn’s February Cookbook Club Pick: “Jubilee” by Toni Tipton-Martin

updated Jan 22, 2020
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Hello friends and Cookbook Club-ers! I hope you’re enjoying Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi this month. I’ve made a couple dishes so far (including the iconic eggplant dish on the cover) and everything has been amazing. What’s the best thing you’ve made so far?

But let’s get down to why you’re really here: Even though we’re a little less than 10 days out from February, I wanted to give everyone a head start on grabbing Kitchn’s Cookbook Club pick for the next month. So, without dragging it out, I’m so excited to say that Toni Tipton-Martin’s Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook is our cookbook pick for February. Jubilee was one of the most highly-anticipated books of 2019 (which we talked about in our fall cookbook coverage last year) and we think it’s time to figure out why.

In case you’re not familiar, Jubilee is a collection of over 100 recipes that celebrates and explores the past two centuries of African American cooking. Julia Turshen said it best: “In providing recipes that cover so much history, we will all get to honor generations of African American cooks in our own kitchens.” The cookbook includes classics like buttermilk fried chicken and sweet potato biscuits, but then there are not-as-familiar recipes like rice muffins and peanut soup.

Our Editor-in-Chief, Faith Durand, recently cooked from the cookbook and said it was exceptional (and adds that the pineapple upside-down cake is a must-make). If that isn’t a reason to buy the cookbook and follow along this month, I don’t know what is. Can’t wait to cook with you all!

What do you plan on making first? Let us know in the comments!