Black History Month: Recipes, Cooking & George Washington’s Head Chef

Recipes, cooking & George Washington’s Head Chef

Hello, today I'm sharing online literature. I have to tell you I'm fascinated with history, especially Culinary History, people's gastronomic taste, family recipes, traditions and collected recipes can reveal who people really are or what's important to a culture! Sitting down breaking bread with others is a very intimate function. How many people do you trust to serve you food that their hands have been all over?

Cooking can be as easy as 1, 2, 3 or an enormous amount of work, monumental amounts of work. Have you ever had to cook without electricity. Maybe you went camping, lived on the road, streets, and had to start a fire?  One time and you get such an understanding of the basic necessities and how much work goes into preparing a meal, before electricity, and a banquette...what we call Events today. How spoiled we are today, we tend to take so much for granted, because some of us have so much. Even our freedom. Go take a look at the kitchen Hercules cooked in.
Behind the Face is a Brilliant Mind
That quietly found freedom even
though he left family
When you start digging you find all sorts of things! Here is an excerpt from the article at Philly.com posted in 2010 about Hercules a slave of George Washington, that escaped from slavery not long before or on Washington's 65th birthday. Never to be seen or heard from again.

A great article on The Presidents Chef's  during slavery and after it. They talk about living and cooking in the White House. I loved this site because you can listen to the Authors and Historians as they interview and tell of the Black Chef's who worked in the White House. There is more to read or listen to more at NPR.org

African American Children's Book Fair This article talks about a book depicting Hercules cooking with his daughter, when in reality he had to leave her behind to escape from slavery. It was petitioned not to be sold, because it was not truthful in it's depiction, in light of his life as a slave and of slavery painful reality of separating families. The author of this article had an interesting perspective about children's books on the subject of slavery. History doesn't have to  traumatize children but it should disturb them..if it is in fact horrific and disturbing...an interesting perspective.
To me a big part of being a child is growing, in turn growing up. The adults in there world are key guides as they go through the growing process where they will become Adults. Children naturally want to please and understand the adults in there life for a long time before they want to try out all their learning and test what they've learned for themselves. They count on us to show them how to be in the world, the good the bad and sometime the ugly that shows up too, to know what is the best way to live in this world. Books are a good way to share what we know and believe. Our life experience will show them best. How we are day to day with others. They will... like Maya Angelou poetically stated.. They will "catch" on to who we are and what they want to be or not be.

I hope you get to visit these sites and discover something about Black History Month.  To me it's not just about Black People and all our amazing accomplishment, but also about the human race. The thing that make one race decide to maliciously treat another and the human spirit of the mistreated race to come from under that maliciousness. Personally I'm very grateful for those examples of the human spirit that rises above baseness, because it has been the mainstay why I never ever give up on myself...others can but never me. I model this for my children so they will do the same.
My daughters class studied the UDHR in class...they took a trip to the UN here in NY. I didn't let her go, those trips are always rushed. I will take her on a tour myself.  Maybe you will take time to read The UDHR.