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Between Harlem and Heaven


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Iconic chef Alexander Smalls and James Beard nominated chef J. J. Johnson debut their first ever cookbook as an homage to the food and cultural significance of Harlem and the Afro-Asian diaspora.

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Alexander Smalls is the restaurateur & co-owner of the acclaimed Harlem restaurant & jazz club Minton's. Smalls has cooked at the James Beard House & is the former chef-owner of Cafe Beulah. Joseph "J. J." Johnson is the James Beard-nominated executive chef at Minton's & has worked in New York's most esteemed kitchens including Centro Vinoteca, Jane, & Tribeca Grill. Veronica Chambers is the bestselling coauthor of Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson & acclaimed author of Mama's Girl.


WINNER OF THE JAMES BEARD AWARD: BEST AMERICAN COOKBOOK "Between Harlem and Heaven presents a captivatingly original cuisine. Afro-Asian-American cooking is packed with unique and delicious layers of flavor. These stories and recipes lay praise to the immense influence the African Diaspora has had on global cuisine."
-- Sean Brock "This is more than just a cookbook. Alexander and JJ take us on a culinary journey through space and time that started more than 400 years ago, on the shores of West Africa. Through inspiring recipes that have survived the Middle Passage to seamlessly embrace Asian influences, this book is a testimony to the fact that food transcends borders. Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson have elevated the cuisines of West Africa and its diaspora without losing any of its essence. Afro-Asian cuisine is a new concept and it works beautifully!"
-- Chef Pierre Thiam Between Harlem and Heaven is a celebration of food, culture, and the historic legacy of proud people unsung. This is the story of resilience and reverence, of people farming and cooking from one continent to the other, making delicious flavors in every pot. Alexander's culinary vision captures the essence, contribution, and influence of the African Diaspora, and is the result of his passionate, life-long adventure. There's no better place than the cradle of African American culture itself, between heaven and Harlem. This book is one good time of great dishes and interesting stories. -- Cicely Tyson

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