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Kitchen Cyphers

Discover the secrets of spices, herbs, meats, and vegetables in Kitchen Cyphers. Unravel the mysteries that lie in the faces of those innocent little veggies that may falsely promise nothing but blandness yet hold a world of exciting delectability. Here, we have an eclectic selection of most famous chefs and indie, cookbook authors who’ll teach you to bring spice to your life!  

If you are one of those whose heart sings with joy on seeing other people enjoying food that you made, then you’re in the right place. Or if you are one of those who live to eat but your extended belly is asking you to reverse your mantra, then we’ll be your knight in shining armor. Grab a selection of the best cookbooks in the world, and chop, chop, chop!

The What

Of course, the best cookbook authors know that like bland food, no one consumes a tasteless book. So, we’ve catered what you’d love the most. Indulge yourself in the narrations that establish a relationship between the histories of Southern African-American cuisines and civil rights gilded with memories, poetry, and bewitching photographs. Shatter the demeaning stereotype of “Aunt Jemima” associated with African culinary wisdom in one of the best African cookbooks. “Hungry” for more? We’ve got masterpieces that define the power of food as a way to overcome racial tensions.

Own the power of your roots by learning the traditional way of cooking in African culture. Amalgamate the old and the new to give birth to something divine. Ah, the curse of mouthwatering food thoughts…And now, the time has come to talk about the elephant in the room – Soul Food! From the basic staples to modern twists on the high-end foods we’ve got you all with our soul food recipe books.

Let’s dive deep into the lives of those who love to eat, but don’t know jack about cooking. These cookbooks have easy coking recipes for beginners too. You’ll eat healthy, delicious, and dishes that are bound to make you salivate.

Here you’ll also find a collection of books that’ll tell you to frickin’ get yourself together and eat some “goddam veggies” as Thug Kitchen says it. It’ll tell you how such food can help your body, mind, and very importantly – Pocket!

The Who

The legends, Maya Angelou, Snoop Dogg, and Marcus Samuelsson grace the shelves of Eclectuals. James Beard award-winning and nominated authors such as Toni Tipton-Martin, Bryant Terry, Joseph “JJ” Johnson, and many others inspire us with their beautiful flair for food and writing. The diversity of authors at Eclectuals brings to you Laila Ali, a four-time undefeated boxing world champion and daughter of renowned, Muhammad Ali.

Gerry Gavin, with a TV cooking show of his own, teaches how to turn up the heat in the kitchen in a variety of cuisines. With one of the best cookbooks of Alexander Smalls of Minton’s Playhouse and Tonya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

The Why

Dreaming yourself in a chef coat and hat is just the beginning if you plan to become a chef. With the help of the best simple cookbooks and easy cooking recipes you’ll find in our collection here, you are sure to realize your ambitions one day.

Or if you’re just looking for good food, and don’t want your mind cussing at you every time you put something unhealthy in your mouth. Then we’re your guys.

An eclectic selection of notable and indie authors teaching you how to throw it down with healthy flavor. Grab a selection and get to cooking!

The African American Heritage Cookbook: Traditional Recipes & Fond Remembrances from Alabama's Renowned Tuskegee Institute Cover Image
$21.19
ISBN: 9780806526775
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Published: Citadel - January 1st, 2005

The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks Cover Image
$56.25
ISBN: 9780292745483
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 15th, 2015

Through the Eyes of an African Chef Cover Image
$42.50
ISBN: 9780620771474
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Published: Mpume's African Cuisine - June 4th, 2018

From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen (Snoop Dogg Cookbook, Celebrity Cookbook with Soul Food Recipes) Cover Image
By Snoop Dogg, Ryan Ford (With)
$31.19
ISBN: 9781452179612
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 23rd, 2018

If I Can Cook/You Know God Can: African American Food Memories, Meditations, and Recipes (Celebrating Black Women Writers #2) Cover Image
$18.75
ISBN: 9780807021446
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Published: Beacon Press - January 29th, 2019

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South Cover Image
$21.24
ISBN: 9780062379276
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Published: Amistad - July 31st, 2018

Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours! Cover Image
$37.49
ISBN: 9781250131096
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 23rd, 2018

Son of a Southern Chef: Cook with Soul Cover Image
$31.25
ISBN: 9780525534174
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Published: Avery - June 11th, 2019

Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed [A Cookbook] Cover Image
$34.38
ISBN: 9781607745310
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 8th, 2014

Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine Cover Image
$23.74
ISBN: 9780738212289
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - March 3rd, 2009

Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9780812974850
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 9th, 2007

Turn up the Heat with G. Garvin Cover Image
$24.94
ISBN: 9780696233944
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 1st, 2006

Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day Cover Image
$46.88
ISBN: 9781250108715
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 6th, 2018

Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing Cover Image
$27.49
ISBN: 9781624145124
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Published: Page Street Publishing - February 6th, 2018

Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland (Soul Food Cookbook, Southern Style Cookbook, Recipe Book) Cover Image
By Tanya Holland, Jan Newberry (With), Jody Horton (Photographs by), Michael Chabon (Foreword by)
$37.44
ISBN: 9781452122342
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 9th, 2014

The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem Cover Image
$46.88
ISBN: 9780544639775
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 18th, 2016

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck (Thug Kitchen Cookbooks) Cover Image
$32.49
ISBN: 9781623363581
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Published: Rodale Books - October 7th, 2014

Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck: A Cookbook (Thug Kitchen Cookbooks) Cover Image
$33.74
ISBN: 9781623366346
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Published: Rodale Books - October 11th, 2016

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook Cover Image
$43.75
ISBN: 9781524761738
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Published: Clarkson Potter - November 5th, 2019

Thug Kitchen Party Grub: For Social Motherf*ckers: A Cookbook (Thug Kitchen Cookbooks) Cover Image
$32.49
ISBN: 9781623366322
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Published: Rodale Books - October 13th, 2015