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Cooking Is Like Playing Jazz

Cooking Is Like Playing Jazz

Courtesy of Florida Memory Project, Florida State Archives

Courtesy of Florida Memory Project, Florida State Archives

This is an excerpt of a talk Fred gave at the Institute for Advance Study in Princeton, New Jersey on The similarities between African cooking and Jazz. Improvisation is creating as you go along. Jazz musicians play by ear and from printed music, and then they improvise or give solos. Similarly, so do cooks particularly those of West and Central African heritage on the continent and throughout the Americas. These cooks come from cultures steeped in oral histories in which griots taught a communities’ history from one generation to the other. Recipes passed from one generation to another in a similar way; from one woman to another woman, from one generation to another generation. Follow the Fred Opie show and the content Fred shares on his website, Twitter and Facebook. Take the time to review the show on You Tube, iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud. If you like what you hear and learn, tell others about it and share and post the link to the show.

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