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Explore our favorite cookbooks by Black authors! These books are bursting with delicious inspiration, featuring tasty vegan dishes, Southern soul food classics, and more.

Cookbooks by Black authors

Black authors and chefs have long been at the forefront of the culinary scene, sharing stories and recipes that celebrate the African diaspora and Black American experience. Today, we’re diving into 10 cookbooks by Black authors that we absolutely adore! Each one is full of delicious culinary inspiration, from Southern soul food classics to innovative vegan delights. As cookbook authors, we love supporting fellow authors: and we heartily recommend each one of these books which we personally own and love!

PS We’re lucky enough to have personal relationships with some of these wonderful humans. Please buy a book, give them a follow, and send them some love and support!

Everyday Grand by Jocelyn Delk Adams

A joyous cookbook full of gratitude, positivity, and 80+ Southern-inspired comfort food recipes from Jocelyn Delk Adams, the culinary sweetheart and blogger behind Grandbaby Cakes. Get it here.

Supper with Love by Michelle Braxton

The debut cookbook of beloved Southern Instagrammer and food blogger Michelle Braxton of Supper with Michelle. It’s filled with delectable comfort food recipes that are plant-forward and pescatarian, easy-to-prepare and flexible, made with wholesome and seasonal ingredients, all shared in her signature warm and welcoming style. Get it here.

Sweet Potato Soul by Jenné Claiborne

Jenné Claiborne’s first cookbook, Sweet Potato Soul, offers 100 vegan soul food recipes that riff on Southern cooking in surprising and delicious ways, beautifully illustrated with full-color photography. Get it here.

Bountiful Cooking by Agatha Achindu

Nutritionist and wellness entrepreneur Agatha Achindu celebrates her family’s culinary philosophies with 100 recipes packed with life-giving nutrients. Not only are these recipes healthy, but with global flavors, they also serve as cultural nutrition for the whole family. Get it here.

Staples +5 by Tanorria Askew

Learn how to maximize your stores of beans, flour, and pasta with easy recipes that rely on a simple set of pantry ingredients plus up to five additional items. Former MasterChef contestant Tanorria Askew shares recipes from her family’s Midwestern table, drawing on a tradition of cooking she learned from her grandparents: make the most of what you have, and share it with those you love. Get it here.

Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry

Renowned chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry reworks and remixes the favorite staples, ingredients, and classic dishes of the African Diaspora to present more than 100 wholly new, creative culinary combinations that will amaze vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike. He also edited and curated the incredible anthology Black Food. Get them both here.

Jubilee by Toni Tipton Martin

Adapted by Toni Tipton Martin from historical texts and rare African-American cookbooks, the 125 recipes of Jubilee paint a rich, varied picture of the true history of African-American cooking: a cuisine far beyond soul food. Get it here.

Cooking Solo by Klancy Miller

At a time when 31 million American adults live alone, Klancy Miller is here to show that cooking for one is something to embrace. Cooking Solo gives readers just what they need to make a delicious meal—all for themselves.

Living Lively by Haile Thomas

Written by a superstar activist and motivational speaker Haile Thomas, this unique cookbook combines 80 delicious, wholesome, super-powered plant-based recipes with a “7 points of power” manifesto to inspire the next generation of leaders toward self-reflection, critical thinking, and unlearning toxic ideas. Get it here.

For the Culture Klancy Miller

A must-have anthology of the leading Black women and femmes shaping today’s food and hospitality landscape—from farm to table and beyond—chronicling their passions and motivations, lessons learned and hard-won wisdom, personal recipes, and more. Get it here.

Do you have any favorites from this list? Do you own any already or plan to grab one? Let us know in the comments below!

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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