Harris, J. B. (2014). Permission to speak. In B. Terry, Afro-vegan, Farm-fresh African, Caribbean & Southern flavors remixed (pp. vii-viii). Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press.
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As I paged through the manuscript, reading the text for what has become this beautiful book, it became a journey of recollections, much like the one that I indulge in monthly in my online radio show. Faces passed through my mind’s eye. I recalled eating tajine de légumes in a caïdal tent in Marrakech, Morocco, and discovering that that country’s dada was in many ways the equivalent of the South’s mammys, a grand custodian of culinary traditions. I thought of my first Senegalese thiebou dienn and the connections it made to jollof rice, the Low Country’s red rice and even southern Louisiana’s jambalaya. I time-traveled to Brazil and the Caribbean and was transformed once again into the awkward young woman who spoke French and Spanish and Portuguese and liked to talk to old people in markets and taste what they had in their pots.” (Harris, 2014, p. vii)