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Crafternoon! Cooking and Cheeseboards, oh my!

Inspired by the first Virtual Crafternoon! event with Megan Diaz-Ricks, founder of ALMA Board & Box, this list includes just a small sampling of cooking-related books by Womxn of Color at Madison Public Library! 

Crafternoon! was begun by Britney Sinclair in Madison-area homes to create social spaces where Womxn of Color were free to be their authentic selves. Madison Public Library was proud to present The Art of Cheeseboards live on November 22, 2020 as the first in a virtual series of Crafternoon! events to open online "safe" social space for Womxn of Color (and allies) to connect, create, and practice self-care in partnership with Bri Creation Station, and with generous in-kind support from the Willy Street Co-op. Craft along with all three events from the virtual Crafternoon! series throughout 2021 on Madison Public Library's YouTube channel!



Books by Womxn of Color

Cover of Food for life: delicious &
St Martin's Press

In Laila’s kitchen, nutrition is King, but flavor is Queen! In her debut cookbook, Laila shows you how to make knockout meals in ways that work with your busy and demanding life, so you can eat healthy, delicious food without feeling hungry!

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Little, Brown and Company

Ayesha Curry knows firsthand what it is like to be a busy mom and wife, and she knows that for her family, time in the kitchen and around the table is where that balance begins.

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Hassan and Julia Turshen
Ten Speed Press

Grandmothers from eight eastern African countries welcome you into their kitchens to share flavorful recipes and stories of family, love, and tradition in this transporting cookbook-meets-travelogue.

Cover of Oaxaca: home cooking from
Lopez and Javier Cabral

A colorful celebration of Oaxacan cuisine from the landmark Oaxacan restaurant in Los Angeles. Oaxaca is the culinary heart of Mexico, and since opening its doors in 1994, Guelaguetza has been the center of life for the Oaxacan community in Los Angeles. Founded by the Lopez family, Guelaguetza has been offering traditional Oaxacan food for 25 years. The first true introduction to Oaxacan cuisine by a native family, each dish articulates their story, from Oaxaca to the streets of Los Angeles and beyond.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

The definitive book on Korean cuisine by "YouTube's Korean Julia Child" and the author of Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking.

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Andrea Quynhgiao
Ten Speed Press

Accessible, easy recipes for Vietnamese food, including such options as honey-glazed pork riblets, curry-scented grilled beef lettuce wraps, turmeric coconut rice, crispy lemongrass salmon, and orange-rum flan.

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Ana Sofía
St Martin's Press

The Cuban Table is a comprehensive, contemporary overview of Cuban food, recipes and culture as recounted by serious home cooks and professional chefs, restaurateurs and food writers. Cuban-American food writer Ana Sofia Pelaez and award-winning photographer Ellen Silverman traveled through Cuba, Miami and New York to document and learn about traditional Cuban cooking from a wide range of authentic sources.

Cover of La vida verde: plant-based
Page Street Publishing

Follow along with Jocelyn Ramirez as she transforms the traditional dishes she grew up making alongside her Abuela into wonderfully flavorful plant-based meals everyone will love. With only a few simple and affordable substitutions, you can capture all the spicy, earthy, savory deliciousness of authentic Mexican cooking, and help friends, family and even the die-hard meat-eaters enjoy a new side of Latin cuisine.

Cover of Cravings: recipes for all
Clarkson Potter Publishers

Model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen demonstrates how to make cooking a part of a fashion-forward lifestyle, sharing one hundred recipes ranging from personal creations and her mother's classics to dishes taught to her by chef friends.

Cover of Jubilee: recipes from two
Clarkson Potter Publishers

Throughout her career, Toni Tipton-Martin has shed new light on the history, breadth, and depth of African American cuisine. Shes introduced us to black cooks, some long forgotten, who established much of whats considered to be our national cuisine. In Jubilee, Tipton-Martin brings these masters into our kitchens. Through recipes and stories, we cook along with these pioneering figures, from enslaved chefs to middle- and upper-class writers and entrepreneurs. Jubilee presents techniques, ingredients, and dishes that show the roots of African American cooking-deeply beautiful, culturally diverse, fit for celebration.

Make a Cheeseboard!

Cover of On boards: simple and insp
Lisa Dawn
Random House

Sharing food on boards is the perfect way to entertain family and friends. With minimum effort and maximum impact you can casually host in style and focus on spending time together, rather than being stuck in the kitchen. In On Boards, food stylist Lisa Bolton has put together 50 ideas for instantly approachable boards, all with effortless entertaining in mind.

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The Quarto Group

Over 50 creative and delicious food boards that are inspiring and easy to recreate with easy-to-find foods, ranging from breakfast boards and dessert boards to any special occasion board you would ever need. Make mealtimes, special occasions, and holidays extra memorable with these 50 delicious, inspiring, family-friendly, and easy-to-recreate snack boards.

Cover of Graze: inspiration for sma

In Graze, Suzanne dreams up lush as well as simple concoctions from everyday ingredients, taking full advantage of her pantry, fridge, and freezer. Graze is a lesson in shopping as well as cooking. Using the best that markets have to offer and with minimal effort, Suzanne dazzles us with endless combinations and stunning pictures, creating interesting and delectable small plates.

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Chronicle Books

This visual cornucopia of a cookbook is the guide to entertaining with effortless style. Celebrated author and food blogger Shelly Westerhausen shares the secrets to creating casually chic spreads anyone can make and everyone will enjoy (and envy). Organized by time of day, 40 contemporary arrangements are presented with gorgeous photography, easy-to-prepare recipes, suggested meat and drink pairings, and notes on preparation and presentation.