The Disrupting Dinner series is a cookbook discussion community that embraces the political nature of food, history, and culture. Every month, we gather together to cook from a BIPOC-authored cookbook and use that as our foundation for discussing bigger themes within the book's narrative, from colonialism and cultural imperialism to the pressure of legacy and food deserts.
Our mission is to amplify BIPOC voices by centering, celebrating, and exploring the complexities of food cultures otherwise not covered thoroughly (or well) by mainstream food media in the United States. We aim to shift overall power dynamics in the food media industry by curating a space dedicated to the political discussions around food while lowering the barriers for BIPOC storytellers to document and share their experiences with the wider food community.
We read each cookbook for three months at a time, and convene for monthly, two-hour virtual potluck & discussion sessions for a maximum of 20 people each. Between sessions, our community shares dishes, stories, and articles in our private FB group.
Past Cookbook Reads
In Bibi's Kitchen
By Hawa Hassan & Julia Turshen
From the publisher: In this incredible volume, Somali chef Hawa Hassan and food writer Julia Turshen present 75 recipes and stories gathered from bibis (or grandmothers) from eight African nations: South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, and Eritrea. Most notably, these eight countries are at the backbone of the spice trade, many of them exporters of things like pepper and vanilla.
We meet women such as Ma Shara, who helps tourists “see the real Zanzibar” by teaching them how to make her famous Ajemi Bread with Carrots and Green Pepper; Ma Vicky, who now lives in suburban New York and makes Matoke (Stewed Plantains with Beans and Beef) to bring the flavor of Tanzania to her American home; and Ma Gehennet from Eritrea who shares her recipes for Kicha (Eritrean Flatbread) and Shiro (Ground Chickpea Stew).
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