Join MOFAD at Essex Market for an evening with acclaimed food writer and chef Melissa Thompson and legendary culinary historian, Dr. Jessica Harris, as they take us on a journey to Jamaica with a conversation celebrating Thompson's new cookbook, Motherland.
Covering more than 500 years of history and influences, Motherland features in-depth research into the evolution of Jamaica's food. It charts the contribution of indigenous Jamaicans, the Taino. It follows the impact of colonization, and how the periods under Spanish and British rule left an indelible mark on the nation's gastronomy, without shying away from their brutality.
Dr. Harris and Thompson, who is based in London, will discuss the ways in which British -Jamaican and African foodways differ from US-Jamaican/African foodways and consider how the lived experience for Black British folks is different from that of African-Americans. According to Thompson, "there is a movement building in the UK that is almost taking its lead from the US, where Black people in food are building connections and community more now than ever before." It is that momentum that inspired her to write Motherland and explore the roots of Jamaican food.
Tickets include a cocktail made with Ten to One Caribbean Rum.
Copies of MOTHERLAND by Melissa Thompson are available from our partner bookstore, Kitchen Arts & Letters for purchase online with your ticket or separately at the event.
If you order a book with your ticket, you will be able to retrieve it for signing at the event.
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