If you asked me who are the experts on African-American food history and culture, among the handful of names on my short list would be Toni Tipton-Martin and Adrian Miller.
Lucky for folks in the Triangle, these two very smart people are coming to speak next month in Pittsboro and Durham respectively.
Tipton-Martin wrote the recently released and praised book, “The Jemima Code.” The book, based on Tipton-Martin’s collection of more almost 300 rare cookbooks, explores the legacy that African American cooks left behind in their cookbooks. Her book is in the running for the 2016 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
Tipton-Martin will be speaking as part of a Cooks & Books luncheon at 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at The Fearrington Granary in Pittsboro. Tickets cost $80, which includes lunch and an autographed copy of the book. More details: fearrington.com/event/cooks-books-tipton-martin/.
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Miller is the author of “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time,” which won a James Beard book award for scholarship and reference in 2014.
Miller will be speaking at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 during an event at Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave, Durham. Boricua Soul Food truck will be serving dishes from Miller’s books. Afterward, Miller will be on hand to sign books. The event also includes a raffle for a free copy of Miller’s book and gift cards to Boricua Soul Food truck. Raffle proceeds will benefit SEEDS.