Scarce first edition of this part-narrative, part-cookbook memoir of the experiences of a Gullah Geechee woman, prescient in style and content.
Near fine in very good plus dust jacket.
"I am a black woman. I am tired of people calling me out of my name. Okra must be sick of that mess too. So from now on we call it like it is. Okra will be referred to in this book as gombo. Corn will be called maize and Negroes will be referred to as black people."
The LA Times notes that VIBRATION COOKING "illuminates one Black woman's experience like no work of literature before or since." The flow between recipe and prose would not be out of place on a cooking blog of today; Mae's reflections on the origins of her ingredients and commentary on US culture give context to her traditional and global dishes. "There is no reference to black people's contribution to the culinary arts. White folks act like they invented food," she observes in the first chapter, but "food is food. Everybody eats!"
Read more: Bill Addison, "Vibration Cooking is Still Prescient at 50," LA Times.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1970. Full title: Vibration Cooking, or, the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl. 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original black cloth binding with silver lettering to spine. Original color pictorial dust jacket, unclipped ($4.95), designed by Sydney Butchkes. Red endpapers. 190 pages, including index. Some edgewear to jacket and tiny chipping to spine ends; expertly repaired small tear to front panel. Mild bumping to binding spine ends. Sharp.
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