Join us for BSB Live! We are celebrating Juneteenth this year by connecting with Nicole A. Taylor, a James Beard Award-nominated food writer, master home cook, producer., and the author of the New Book Watermelon & Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations. Nicole will be joined in conversation with Hilari Younger, Texas native, interior designer, and lifestyle architect.
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About Nicole A. Taylor:
Nicole A. Taylor is a James Beard Award–nominated food writer, master home cook, and producer. She has written for the New York Times, Bon Appétit, and Food & Wine. Nicole is the author of The Up South Cookbook and The Last O.G. Cookbook. She is the executive producer of If We So Choose, a short documentary about the desegregation of an iconic southern fast food joint. Nicole is the cofounder of The Maroon, a marketplace and retreat house focused on radical rest for Black creatives. She lives in New York City and Athens, Georgia, with her husband and son.
About Hilari Younger:
Hilari Younger is a South Dallas Texan living in the DMV area! She is a mom of a toddler and a teen and the wife of a corporate attorney! As a social architect, interior designer, cultural enthusiast and media personality, Hilari loves to explore, entertain and create. She believes wholeheartedly in the anthropology and ethnography of Black people.
About Watermelon and Red Birds:
The very first cookbook to celebrate Juneteenth, from food writer and cookbook author Nicole A. Taylor—who draws on her decade of experiences observing the holiday.
Watermelon and Red Birds contains over 75 recipes, including drinks like Afro Egg Cream and Marigold Gin Sour, dishes like Beef Ribs with Fermented Harissa Sauce, Peach Jam and Molasses Glazed Chicken Thighs, Southern-ish Potato Salad and Cantaloupe and Feta Salad, and desserts like Roasted Nectarine Sundae, and Radish and Ginger Pound Cake. Taylor also provides a resource to guide readers to BIPOC-owned hot sauces, jams, spice, and waffle mixes companies and lists fun gadgets to make your Juneteenth special. These recipes and essays will inspire parties to salute one of the most important American holidays, and moments to savor joy all year round.