Join MoAD Chef-in-Residence Jocelyn Jackson in celebrating the publication of For the Culture: Phenomenal Black Women and Femmes in Food by Klancy Miller. For the Culture is 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.
This program will bring For the Cultureto life, featuring a lively conversation with author Klancy Miller, designer George McCalman, and featured interviewee Salimatu Amabebe, moderated by Jocelyn Jackson. The event will include time for book signing and light refreshments featuring recipes from the book. Copies of For the Culture are available from the MoAD bookstore.
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Klancy Miller is the author of For the Culture: Phenomenal Black Women & Femmes in Food. She is a chef, writer, and the founder of For the Culture, the annual magazine that celebrates Black women and femmes in food and wine. A personal love letter to, and in celebration of, Black women and femmes in food and wine, For the Culture is an evolution of the magazine and features 66 interviews, 47 recipes from interviewees, and 5 essays honoring culinary matriarchs through the decades. One of the only books to exclusively highlight Black women and femmes in food and wine, For the Culture shares an intimate look into the backgrounds, careers and wisdom of icons, innovators and creatives like Edna Lewis, B. Smith, Leah Chase, Lena Richard, and more.
A longtime New Yorker, Klancy graduated from Columbia University and earned her diplôme de pâtisserie from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. As an author and writer, Klancy has had her work in outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Vogue, Food52, among others, and she’s been honored as a 2022 IACP Trailblazer Awards Winner. In 2016, she released her debut cookbook Cooking Solo: The Fun of Cooking For Yourself, which was selected as an Amazon Editors Pick, and in 2021, she launched the annual magazine, For the Culture: A Magazine Celebrating Black Women and Femmes in Food and Wine. The first issue, graced by Dr. Jessica B. Harris on the cover, sold out within 24 hours.
George McCalman is an artist and creative director based in San Francisco and Grenada. His design studio McCalman Co collaborates with a wide range of cultural clients. McCalman’s background in the editorial world has been a foundation of his storytelling, and his decision to cultivate his fine art practice alongside brand work reframed his perspective and synthesized the importance of design. His first book ‘Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and Unseen’ was published in Sept 2022 to profound accolades by The New Yorker’s Hilton Als, NPR, The New York Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle. His book won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author in Feb 2023.
Salimatu Amabebe(they/he), is a trans, Nigerian-American chef and multimedia artist, working in food, film, photography, sculpture and installation. His work focuses on the intersection of food and art while centering community activism, African diasporic culinary traditions and Black queer/ trans liberation. Amabebe is the founder/ director of Black Feast - a culinary event celebrating Black artists and writers through food. Amabebe is a recipient of the 2021 Eater New Guard Award; his work has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, Eater and in A24’s recent cookbook, Horror Caviar. Salimatu is a recent awardee of The Museum of the African Diaspora's 2023-2024 Emerging Artists Program (EAP).
Jocelyn Jackson, MoAD's Chef-in-Residence is an award-winning chef, artist, teacher, and activist who was raised on the Kansas plains by a Tuskegee Airmen and the first Black woman to run for Mayor in Wichita. She is the founder of JUSTUS Kitchen and the co-founder of People’s Kitchen Collective (PKC). Both organizations serve to center the lived experience and liberation of Black and brown peoples using food, art, and social justice as vehicles for change.
This program is presented as part of the Chef-in-Residence program, and is generously supported by Kaiser Permanente.