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Plants, Cuisine and Culture

Plants are intimately linked to our cultural identities and food traditions. Plants tell us where we are, and who we are in how we use them to feed ourselves. When we migrate, we carry our culture and cuisine with us. In this series, renowned chefs, culinary historians, and authors from cultures around the world discuss how plants shaped their foodways.

Join culinary journalist, author, and Editor in Chief of “Cook’s Country,” Toni Tipton-Martin, as she discusses Garden to Glass: Botanical Beverages from Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks.  Toni will offer a sneak-peak into her upcoming book: Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs & Juice: Cocktails from 200 Years of African American Cookbooks. Toni will share stories of how African Americans brought the garden to the glass through lemonades, sorrel, punches, cider, beer, blackberry cordials and more.

Online webinar conducted via Zoom.

Register Member $10

Register Non-Member $12

Tuesday, July 25, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Details

Plants, Cuisine and Culture: African American Cuisine with Toni Tipton-MartinAbout the Instructor

Toni Tipton-Martin is a culinary journalist and author using cultural heritage and cooking to build community. She is Editor in Chief of Cook’s Country by America’s Test Kitchen, a PBS television show cast-member, two-time James Beard Award winner for her books on African American cooking, and recipient of the prestigious Julia Child Award, which is given to an indi-vidual (or team) who has made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats and drinks.

Toni’s latest book, Jubilee: Recipes From Two Centuries of African American Cooking, brings to life 125 dishes from the African American cookbooks in her rare collection through breath-taking photography and engaging storytelling. Jubilee is a James Beard Award winner, earned the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Book of the Year Award, and was named one of the “Cookbooks You Need for 2020” by the New York Times.

Jubilee is the follow-up to The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cook-books, which The New Yorker named one of the “Best cookbooks of the Century So Far.” For this celebration of the important legacy of African American cooks and their cookbooks, Toni received a 2016 James Beard Book Award, the 2016 Art of Eating Prize, and a 2015 Certificate of Outstanding Contribution to Publishing from the Black Caucus of the Library Association.

Toni was the first African American Food Editor of a major daily newspaper, the Cleve-land Plain Dealer, the nutrition writer for the Los Angeles Times, and a contributing editor to Heart and Soul Magazine. She is a co-founder and former president of both Southern Foodways Alliance and Foodways Texas. Toni is profiled in the 35th Annual Aetna African American His-tory Calendar and a member of the Advisory Board for Oldways’ African Heritage Diet Pyramid. She has been a featured speaker at book festivals, libraries, museums, universities and multiple food organizations.

This in a live online class via Zoom. 

The online program will be recorded and the recording link will be emailed to registered participants 24-48 hours after the live event.

Program Hosts

Justin Fornal program sponsor organizations

Chicago Botanic Garden and Franklin Park Conservatory


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