I’m a firm believer that one of the best ways to learn about a culture is through food. For those of us who can’t travel, can’t physically break bread with the originators we have to rely on shared traditions. Growing up in Sweden, I had little reference point for American cooking, let alone African American cooking so when I finally moved to the States, I studied everything and ate anything I could. Nowadays, most Europeans know that the only food that is intrinsically American is Southern food; African American cuisine. These books below are some of the greats; the ones that tell the story and fill the bellies the best.