Toni Tipton-Martin, the James Beard-award-winning author of “The Jemima Code” is coming to Durham.
She has two events (Oct. 20 and 21) and an exhibition of her work is on view at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies until Nov. 5.
Tipton-Martin is a food writer and editor whose much-acclaimed “The Jemima Code” details 150 cookbooks that challenge the mythical mammy figure selling pancakes and syrup that belittles African-Americans’ culinary contributions. Her book details 150 African-American cookbooks whose authors challenge the caricature that black cooks were uneducated, cooking at the direction of white women and whose repertoire was limited to subsistence food.
Tipton-Martin will be the guest of honor at a reception, artist’s talk and book signing from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Kreps and Lyndhurst Galleries, 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham.
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She also will have a book event starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 on the mezzanine at The Durham Hotel. The cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. and the talk starts at 7 p.m. I will be guiding the discussion with Tipton-Martin, whom I wrote about earlier this year. The discussion will be followed by a book signing. The event is free and will include passed appetizers. Cocktails will be available for purchase. However, you must reserve your spot online: thedurham.com/event/toni-tipton-martin-andrea-weigl-conversation/. The Durham Hotel is at 315 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham.
Make sure to get to the Center for Documentary Studies, which is showing her “The Jemima Code” exhibit. It features the first-known photographs of African American cooks taken by photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn along with interactive installments, cookbooks and other related items.