Good Luck Gumbo: A Recipoem
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After researching and writing the Fannie Lou Hamer piece, I’m thinking a lot about Black women and how they communicate with their loved ones. I think that we learn a lot from the women in our lives, who despite often having to hold their tongues manage to say quite profound things about the world and living in it through coded language and sheer action. I’m thinking about a new creative project centering that “language.”
One such example is the recipe, which often passes down not only the proper way of making a dish, but how to carry on in general in the kitchen. I’m sharing a recipe below, embedded with wisdom from my mother and grandmother about how to cook gumbo. Though this recipe is my own (neither of those women would imagine cooking a gumbo without meat) it is also very much a child of theirs’.
Read the reci-poem below and let me know what you think. And yes, you can actually make a delicious vegan gumbo following this recipe!