Diane Spivey

Independent Historian
Diane M. Spivey is a dedicated culinary historian who has devoted more than forty years to the study and recording of African American food traditions and cooking.  She is the author of the much-heralded The Peppers, Cracklings, and Knots of Wool Cookbook: The Global Migration of African Cuisine. She has also written “Latin American and Caribbean Food and Cuisine” for The Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History at Encyclopedia.com, and South Florida GourmetThe Black Book ReviewNewsday, and Scribner’s Encyclopedia of World Food and Culture.  Born and reared in Chicago, she and family now reside in Palmetto Bay, Florida.

Trans-Atlantic Food Migration: The African Culinary Influence on the Cuisine of the Americas

Africa has been a major contributor to the cuisine of North and South America although this contribution has long been overlooked, trivialized, or denied.  The discourse contained in volumes on American cooking is usually consistent in its themes of celebrating what is considered the European … Read MoreTrans-Atlantic Food Migration: The African Culinary Influence on the Cuisine of the Americas