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Sixteen years ago on Father's Day in Chicago, K. Kofi Moyo and his wife, Yvette, gathered together a group of men for a food festival. Each man prepared his signature dish. The goal was to raise money for local charitable organizations and shine a light on the "real men" -- the unsung heroes of the black community -- who care for their families throughout the year.
Real Men Cook for Charity is now the largest national Father's Day event in the United States. In cities all across the country, from New York to Los Angeles, from Chicago to New Orleans, several hundred husbands, uncles, brothers, coaches, and teachers have participated in the event and have raised nearly a million dollars for a variety of charities, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the YMCA, and for health initiatives like prostate cancer awareness.
The men are all different, whether they are from Chi-town (up-South from Mississippi and Arkansas), N'awlins, Motown, Dallas, D.C., Miami, Philly, L.A., the Big Apple (with fried fish and biscuits on the side), or Hotlanta. But on Father's Day, they stand together, united by their love of cooking and an unwavering commitment to brotherhood and community.
In Real Men Cook, the men share more than one hundred mouthwatering, finger-lickin'-good recipes -- the kind of recipes that make the Father's Day event a must-attend for all who appreciate a good plate of food. Equally important, they open their hearts, offering memories of growing up, tales of Real Men Cook events, and wisdom for the next generation.
This unique book is a priceless legacy that will nourish your family in spirit and body.
A delicious, heartwarming collection of soul-stirring stories and more than one hundred soul-satisfying recipes from real men who do it in the kitchen!
Every Father's Day for the past sixteen years, men -- from the guy next door to politicians, entrepreneurs, athletes, and artists -- gather together in cities across the country to participate in the Real Men Cook for Charity event. They sacrifice more than a quiet Sunday at home: they spend weeks preparing and all day on their feet dishing out their savory creations for more than thirty thousand people. The time and effort is rewarded only by the smiles on the faces of the women and children who gather for the celebration every year.
Now one hundred and eight of these remarkable volunteers come forward to express their love of cooking, family, and community, sharing more than one hundred delectable recipes (some handed down over the generations) and the memories that inspire them to live as Real Men.
Here's a sample of the treasures you'll find in Real Men Cook:
- Captain Kofi's Candlelight Catfish
- Darryl's Dynamite Chicken Wings
- William Higgonbotham's Red Velvet Cake
- Peter Henderson's Buffalo Soldiers' Stampede Stew
- The Sawyers' Red Beans and Rice -- Three Ways
- Captain Leander Carter's Famous Chesapeake Bay Fish Chowder
- Otis Henderson's This Ain't Momma's Tuna Casserole
- Derrick Malone's Boozy Black Beans
- Dr. Horace C. Broy, Jr.'s Sticky Caramel Pecan Rolls
- Jeff Scales's Scrumptious Tropical Rum Coconut Pecan Ice Cream
More than a cookbook, Real Men Cook presents a priceless recipe for living.
"Everyone says they're against racial stereotyping, but few actually do something about it. Moyo, co-founder of Real Men Cook for Charity, is in the latter category. In 1989, he started the Real Men cookout, a Father's Day charity event designed to celebrate black men as positive role models. Sixteen years later, Real Men Cook brings together more than 30,000 men from all across the nation. And now Moyo has concentrated all this positive energy into a cookbook. But this volume is more than just a collection of recipes: it's also a compendium of inspirational stories, poems and essays written by dozens of caring, family-oriented black men. In this regard, Moyo has created a vibrant collage of African-American culture and shown how so much of its love, energy and creativity is centered around the kitchen. The recipes, however, are another matter. There's plenty of hearty and flavorful food in the book: Howard's International Turkey Chili is a standout; and James's Fried Chicken, which uses peanut oil, is a fun twist on an old favorite. But many recipes depend upon canned goods or store-bought sauces, which may turn off purists, and although some lighter dishes are included, the emphasis is decidedly not low-fat. Ultimately, though, Moyo's project is not about fussiness or complexity. It's about getting more men to the stove or the grill and about showing them how cooking nurtures self-respect, strengthens family bonds and creates continuity between generations. Who can argue with that? " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A delicious and heartwarming collage of soul-satisfying recipes and soul-stirring stories from the men who have participated in the national Real Men Cook for Charity Father's Day Event over the past 15 years. A crusade to shine light on real men, fathers, uncles, brothers, coaches, teachers and all men who care for their families and their communities, the event and its outreach throughout the years continue to change lives, and the book is a chronicle of the lives of those men. They are everyday renaissance men who believe in family and community and express themselves most adeptly in the kitchen where the meals they cook are imbued with love. Fifty men are profiled in the book along with cherished family memories, anecdotes, family recipes and cooking tips. The book is spiced with bits and pieces of wisdom, recipes, recollections, poetry, prose, photos and memorabilia from family archives. Real Men Cook is much more than a cookbook its combined contents present a recipe for living, one designed for men and women who cherish high ideals and are willing to pursue the positive side of life. It is the story of Real Men - men who do it in the kitchen every day of their lives.
This is a delicious and heartwarming collage of recipes and soul-stirring stories from men who have participated in the national Real Men Cook for Charity Father's Day Event during the past 15 years.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Tender Gravy
Chapter Two: The Biggest Room in the House
Chapter Three: The Shy Chick from Fox Lake
Chapter Four: Iron Skillets
Chapter Five: Wooden Spoons and Cake Bowls
Chapter Six: Life's Greatest Rewards
Chapter Seven: A Family of Men
Afterword: Useni Eugene Perkins
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