Black Girl Baking

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Black Girl Baking Cookbook by Jerrelle Guy

Wholesome recipes inspired by a soulful upbringing.

Calling the recipes in Black Girl Baking "a mishmash of my life," Jerrelle Guy explains her early relationship to food: "...I'd love to recite 'the grandmother story,' about how I'd stand at her hip, staring up while she stirred a pot of greens... There was nothing romantic about it at all. It was practical business. Food romance came much later, after years of bulk buying, cans and corner stores." But then she began cooking for herself, with fresh ingredients, and everything flipped. She says, "The power and self-control I gained from cooking things from scratch expanded my world, and made me happier than anything. I'd put all of myself into the things I'd bake for people. And that's when people started to listen to me."

And listen, we have. The popularity of Guy's blog, Chocolate for Basil, has led to the popularity of her first cookbook, from which we're excited to feature three recipes. Enjoy!

Baked Buttermilk Beignets

baked buttermilk beignets from Black Girl Baking by Jarrelle Guy
Beignets from Jerrelle Guy's Black Girl Baking -- here's a traditional and vegan version of a New Orleans classic.

Orange Peel Pound Cake

orange peel pound cake from Black Girl Baking by Jerrelle Guy
The whole peel is used to make the glaze extra-citrusy.

Smoked Okra Dip

Smoked Okra Dip from Black Girl Baking by Jerrelle Guy
Gooey cheese and gooey okra are an ideal match.
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