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The Antiracist Kitchen: 21 Stories (and Recipes)
edited by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrations by Roza Nozari, foreword by Ainara Alleyne


An anthology featuring stories and recipes from racialized authors about food, culture and resistance

What if talking about racism was as easy as baking a cake, frying plantains or cooking rice? The Antiracist Kitchen: 21 Stories (and Recipes) is a celebration of food, family, activism and resistance in the face of racism. In this anthology featuring stories and recipes from 21 diverse and award-winning North American children's authors, the authors share the role of food in their lives and how it has helped fight discrimination, reclaim culture and celebrate people with different backgrounds. They bring personal and sometimes difficult experiences growing up as racialized people. Chopped, seared, marinated and stewed, The Antiracist Kitchen highlights the power of sitting down to share a meal and how that simple act can help bring us all together.

Featuring recipes and stories from S.K. Ali, Bryan Patrick Avery, Ruth Behar, Marty Chan, Ann Yu-Kyung Choi, Hasani Claxton, Natasha Deen, Reyna Grande, Deidre Havrelock, Jennifer de Leon, Andrea J. Loney, Janice Lynn Mather, Linda Sue Park, Danny Ramadan, Sarah Raughley, Waubgeshig Rice, Rahma Rodaah, Andrea Rogers, Simran Jeet Singh, Ayelet Tsabari and Susan Yoon.


Nadia L. Hohn is a multilingual, world-travelling, award-winning author of several books for young people, including the Malaika series and A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice. She is an “artivist” who wants to make sure that all young people can see themselves in books. Nadia teaches kids and adults in Toronto. When she is not writing or cooking, Nadia is most likely reading, enjoying music, watching plays or daydreaming about her next adventure.


“Twenty-one kid-lit authors of color share a wide array of delicious recipes as well as personal experiences related to culture, race, and racism. Accompanied by vibrant illustrations, these story-recipe pairings demonstrate how intertwined food and identity are…The result is a thoughtful, beautifully designed work that fosters inclusivity and respect…A hearty meal that doles out both culinary delights and moving cultural insights.” --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A celebration of diversity in the form of a cookbook...Aspiring kid chefs will enjoy trying out these original recipes. The author asks, “What if talking about racism was as easy as baking a cake?” With this book, it could be. Recommended for all libraries.” -- School Library Journal, starred review

“An outstanding anthology that shows us the power of community and our interconnectedness! Through the amazing recipes and stories shared, readers will learn that celebrating, listening and learning from each other is an intentional way to fight against racism. This anthology is a work of love and it feels like a warm hug.” -- Monique Gray Smith

“This beautiful collection of stories and recipes will warm both hearts and bellies for generations to come.” -- Kern Carter

“Nadia Hohn has done something incredible: she has taken our collective love of food and transformed it into a cultural and educational experience in anti-racism. What’s beautiful about this book are the stories and the simplicity. It’s not about elegant ingredients or elaborate menus. The Antiracist Kitchen teaches deeply profound lessons on self-love, discrimination and social struggles through a series of personal, intimate stories. Sometimes food is the lesson, other times food is the messenger. What you get out of this anthology, however, is a clear picture of what it means to belong and how not belonging can severely impact our lives.” -- Crystal Allen

“I give The Antiracist Kitchen five foodie stars for providing nutritional healing through inherited recipes that will satisfy more than physical hunger. This unique cookbook should be in every library and pantry!” -- Janae Marks

The Antiracist Kitchen nourishes both body and mind with its heartwarming stories, beautiful illustrations, and delicious recipes from around the world. This collection needs to be in every kitchen!” -- Tami Charles

[H]  Orca Book Publishers  /  September 12, 2023

0.65" H x 9.79" L x 7.36" W (1.34 lbs) 160 pages

For ages 9 to 12