Celebrate Juneteenth

June 19 is Juneteenth—the day on which, in 1865, enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, learned they were free. Learn more about the history of Juneteenth at Juneteenth.com.

You can find plenty of recipes for any gathering here, but we recommend specifically seeking out Black cookbook authors and food historians for your Juneteenth recipes. 

Some of our favorites include:

  • Dr. Jessica B. Harris, culinary historian, author of twelve critically acclaimed books documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora, winner of the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award. Her work inspired the Netflix docuseries High on the Hog

  • Michael Twitty, food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian , and historical interpreter personally charged with preparing, preserving and promoting African American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa and her Diaspora and its legacy in the food culture of the American South

  • Tabitha Brown, restaurateur and vegan food influencer (be sure to check out her cooking videos on YouTube, Tik Tok and Facebook)

  • Bryant Terry, James Beard & NAACP Image Award-winning chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system

  • Nicole A. Taylor, James Beard Award-nominated food writer, master home cook, producer and author of Watermelon & Red Birds: A cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations