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Black History Month For Foodies Series: Vertamae Smart Grosvenor

Fried chicken recipes below
Today's post provides a great conclusion to my black history month series and segue to my women's history month series starting tomorrow. Born 1938 in Hampton County, South Carolina, Vertamae Smart Grosvenor is a culinary writer, activist, and, anthropologist. From low country South Carolina, she is perhaps best known for her book Vibration Cooking, also known as The Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl which was first published in 1970 but an updated edition has recently been releasedhttp://www.ugapress.org/index.php/books/vibration_cooking/. The book is part memoir, part culinary anthropology, part cookbook. I talk about her in my book Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-14638-8/hog-and-hominy. In the 1960s she lived in Harlem where she, among other activities, cooked “neck bones, chicken feet stew, biscuits, greens, and grits” and “batches of fried chicken and potato salad” for Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) fundraisers. She and her SNCC colleagues served the food at parties where supporters enjoyed her delicious low country food and the soulful music of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gay, and other noted artist of that era. Like Montgomery’s Georgia Gilmore, Grosvenor played an important part in feeding the civil rights revolution of the 1960s. Here are fried chicken recipes that remind me of culinary contribution to civil rights revolution.

Video butter milk fried chicken recipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxEhH6MPH28

Video vegan fried chicken recipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te6Cv7RTazU

A Culinary Celebration of Women’s History Month Series: Oral Traditions

Black History Month For Foodies Series: Paschal’s Restaurant