Sunday afternoon, the cool sounds of Steve Goldun’s jazz quartet filled our backyard where more than 120 people gathered to honor Zester Daily contributor Jessica B. Harris on the release of her new book “High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America.”
The crowd was a mix of food and culture enthusiasts eager to meet the country’s leading African American culinary historian and have her sign their books. New friendships were made, and old ones rekindled as we feasted on Jessica’s deviled eggs and deviled ham spread, both testifying to her love of hot sauce, and her spiced pecans and toasted pumpkin seeds. Sesame cookies, watermelon salad and pickled okra were served in homage to the African roots of these American staples and doro wat wrapped in spongy Ethiopian injera flatbread added a distinctly African touch to the table.
Los Angeles gave us a sunny afternoon with a gentle warm breeze scattering the purple petals from our tulip trees. The wine flowed and no one wanted to leave.
At Zester Daily, we are always eager to celebrate the accomplishments of our contributors. Last fall, we hosted a book party for Martha Rose Shulman on the release of her latest book, The Best of Recipes for Health. With our list of outstanding contributors, there always seems to be a reason to throw a party.