Reading the Lupton African American Cookbook Collection

Courtesy of the David Walker Lupton African American Cookbook Collection, W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama.

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Reading the Lupton African American Cookbook Collection

by John T. Edge
Southern Cultures, Vol. 15, No. 4: The Edible South

"'My cooking is referred to as yo-yo cooking, because the recipes found in this book will make your drawers drop down to your knees and pop back up to your neck.'"

Few libraries in the American South host compelling foodways collections. Texas Woman’s University in Denton is a defensible exception. So is the Atlanta History Center, where a researcher can plumb, among other documents, foodways research done as pre-production work for the film, Gone With the Wind. And in New Orleans, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum is collaborating with both the local public library and Susan Tucker of Tulane’s Newcomb College.