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Gentrification and Eateries in Harlem

Brunswick Stew, recipes below (photo from http://belleofthekitchen.blogspot.com/2010/10/dusting-off-recipesand-brunswick-stew.html)

Since publishing my book Hog and Hominy, a number of historic Harlem soul food eateries have closed their doors; for example M & G Dinner and Copeland. Brunswick stew reminds me of soulful cooking and I am very interested in historic places where you can order such dishes. There has been a new trend in which entrepreneurs in Harlem New York have opened up restaurants with trendy healthy soul food menus, upscale soul food menus, and Caribbean based raw food. The newest arrival in Harlem is the award winning Chef Marcus Samuelson's Red Rooster http://redroosterharlem.com/. These changes are emblematic of the intense gentrification that started after the election of billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg who had made NYC government extremely business friendly. Who knows how the election of a new Mayor this fall will affect Harlem eateries.

Traditional Brunswick Stew Recipe: http://belleofthekitchen.blogspot.com/2010/10/dusting-off-recipesand-brunswick-stew.html

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