black history month

Spicy Okra

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 10, 2014

(Photo by postbear)
(Photo by postbear)

(Photo by postbear)

To continue the celebration of Black History Month, I’m sharing another recipe from my cookbook, The Soul of a New Cuisine. Okra is a fruit of African origin that was introduced to the South by way of the slave trade. It remains an integral part of Southern cooking today. This dish makes for the perfect side to add texture and color to a meal. For the best okra, pick out pods that are smaller, with no discoloration or soft spots.

Fried Fish Baguette

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 5, 2014

(Photo by  Mark H. Anbinder)

February is Black History Month, and this Fried Fish Baguette is the perfect dish to have in celebration. This recipe is inspired by the markets of Zambia, where you can buy an entire fish already fried. I’ve taken the flavor of that market fish and put it in a sandwich, making it a simple and delicious meal that speaks to traditional Southern cuisine, too. I’ve added an additional twist by adding a chili mayonnaise that perfectly offsets the black bass that I use here, and harissa, a North African chili paste. You can buy harissa in stores, but I’ve also provided a recipe for harissa below.

This recipe is from The Soul of a New Cuisine.

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