DR. KELLEY FANTO DEETZ

BOUND TO
THE FIRE

How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped
Invent American Cuisine.

10 chapters, 321 pages
WHAT OTHER'S ARE SAYING

A living legacy of plantation culture explored through recipes.

“One of the Best Books about Food!”
-The Smithsonian

In grocery store aisles and kitchens across the country, smiling images of “Aunt Jemima” and other historical and fictional black cooks can be found on various food products and in advertising. Although these images are sanitized and romanticized in American popular culture, they represent the untold stories of enslaved men and women who had a significant impact on the nation’s culinary and hospitality traditions even as they were forced to prepare food for their oppressors.

"Top Narrative Food & Drink Books of 2017"
-Annie Bostrom

Kelley Fanto Deetz draws upon archaeological evidence, cookbooks, plantation records, and folklore to present a nuanced study of the lives of enslaved plantation cooks from colonial times through emancipation and beyond.

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“Kelley Deetz has given us a powerful analysis of the life of those ancestors whose hands stirred the pots in sorrow's kitchen.”
Michael Twitty
Author of The Cooking Gene

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Bound to the Fire not only uncovers their rich and complex stories and illuminates their role in plantation culture, but it celebrates their living legacy with the recipes that they created and passed down to future generations.

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In her final chapter, “In Memory: Kitchen Ghosts,” Deetz addresses public memory, public history, and plantation tourism...

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Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine explores the lasting contributions of the early slave kitchens...

"Cooking for a Virginia plantation was a challenging task, one that required culinary talents, nuanced social skills, and physical strength."

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Just one Interaction with Dr. Kelley Deetz and you will immediately understand her commitment to being a voice for racial justice. Her engaging style and commanding presence leads individuals, organizations and communities to higher levels of consciousness and action. To book Dr. Deetz for lectures, workshops, and other engagements please use the contact form provided.

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