VINTAGE HOTTIE IN SEQUIN TRUNKS with TASSLE DETAILING… WERK!!! (from Butt Beautiful via The Other Mr. Knappy-Head)
SISSYDUDE LOVES: Michael W. Twitty’s ‘An Open Letter To Paula Deen’ @ AFROCULINARIA (from Cassidy P)
Dear Paula Deen,
So it’s been a tough week for you… believe me you I know something about tough weeks being a beginning food writer and lowly culinary historian. Of course honey, I’d kill for one of your worst days as I could rest myself on the lanai, the veranda, the portico (okay that was really tongue in cheek), the porch..whatever…as long as its breezy and mosquito-free. First Food Network now Smithfield. (Well not so mad about Smithfield—not the most ethical place to shill for, eh, Paula?)
I am currently engaged in a project I began in 2011 called The Cooking Gene Project—my goal to examine family and food history as the descendant of Africans, Europeans and Native Americans—enslaved people and enslavers—from Africa to America and from Slavery to Freedom. You and I are both human, we are both Americans, we are both quite “healthily” built, and yet none of these labels is more profound for me than the fact we are both Southern. Sweet tea runs in our blood, in fact is our blood…What I understand to be true, a lot of your critics don’t…which is, as Southerners our ancestors co-created the food and hospitality and manners which you were born to 66 years ago and I, thirty-six. In the words of scholar Mechal Sobel, this was “a world they made together,” but beyond that, it is a world we make together. So I speak to you as a fellow Southerner, a cousin if you will, not as a combatant.
To be part of the national surprise towards you saying the word “nigger” in the past (I am a cultural and culinary historian and so therefore I am using the word within context…) is at best naïve and at worst, an attempt to hide the pervasiveness of racism, specifically anti-Black racism in certain currents of American culture—not just Southern. Take for example the completely un-Christian and inhuman rage at Cheerios for their simple and very American ad showing a beautiful biracial girl talking to her white mother and pouring cereal on the chest of her Black father. That Cheerio’s had to shut down the comments section says that the idea of inter-human relationships outside of one’s color bracket is for many hiding behind a computer screen—a sign of the apocalypse. So just like those old spaghetti sauce ads, yes, America, racism—“it’s in there” even when we were prefer it not be.
READ THE FULL LOVELY LETTER @ AWESOME AFROCULINARIA
Most photos by Dan Ostergren
“My mission is to bring amazing confections into the homes of families with the same fervor and care that my grandfather Bob Krause did keeping in mind his
legacy and traditions.”
“Growing up I spent time as a wide eyed youth with my late grandfather in the kitchen. As a young adult I remember looking up to him and absorbed all that I could. It was there my zeal for patisserie baking began to develop.”
“Motivated with my passion for all natural and high quality products, I want to share my love for this art with others so they too can experience the things I did, the smells, sounds, and sights of amazing foods being prepared and enjoyed.”
“I believe food is a universal desire in all of us and is something that can actually brighten ones day. We eat and even feel happy from it. It causes us to recall past memories enjoyed and even make new ones worthy to remember. It can cause us to be overwhelmed with excitement to try something new or rest in the comfort of an old favorite. It is here that I focus to bridge the gap between my grandfather’s legacy and my passion today.”
More pictures & a recipe after the jump!