Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora
Written by Therese Nelson is the Founder of Black Culinary History BlackCulinaryHistory.com
I have to admit that I have a huge historical crush on George Washington Carver. I love the spirit he brought to his life and his work. He was an artist first, and had a way of connecting to the beauty in seemingly simple things like flowers or even the peanut that when he worked in the scientific or agricultural disciplines he was able to bring that artistry and innovation to each project. His work was a profoundly complicated melody of practicality, technical excellence, and unabashed uniqueness that became his professional signature.
The George Washington Carver story is one of black thought and ingenuity being born from a generation who literally rose above slavery to lay the groundwork for free black life in this country. Carver was a genius, a maverick, an artist, and a scientist, but most importantly he was a black man whose legacy is woven deeply into the fabric of the American experience in a way that transcends race. I think Mr. Carver would have loved Kwanzaa and would have had lots of great recipes to share.
In the spirit of Carver’s revolutionary work with peanuts we would like to invite you to share your best peanut butter recipe using any of the Peanut Butter & Co. brands in the comment section below. Once chosen winner with the best recipe wins the following: The Peanut Butter & Co.’s six pack of peanut butter, their new Peanut Brittle in three flavors, their new Corny Crunch (a peanut butter/caramel/popcorn mixture), and three assorted canned peanut snack varieties. Contest starts Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 and ends Thursday, Dec. 29 at 11 p.m./PST. Winner announced on Friday, Dec. 30th, 2011. Contest open to residents of the continental United States, excluding Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. foreign territories. No additional purchase or shipping expenses are necessary. Prize cannot be exchanged. Must provide an email used only to notify the winner and for shipping information. Please note: This contest is sponsored by and organized by KwanzaaCulinarians.com.
Therese Nelson is the Founder of Black Culinary History BlackCulinaryHistory.com, a project devoted to the reverent examination of the black contribution to modern American cuisine. BCH focuses on retracing the historical evolution of black chefs from slavery to today, promoting the work of modern black chefs as a juxtaposition to inaccurate mainstream images of the professional chef, and inspiring young black chefs through mentorship in order to connect them tangibly to their rich, yet marginalized legacy in food. In addition to this project Therese is also the Executive Chef of the culinary lifestyle brand Get ‘Em Girl Inc. and GetemGirlsCatering.com.