Meals on Wheels: Great Migration Recipes Ride the Rails North

meals on wheels flyerNext week, we will welcome Donna Pierce, a Road Scholar with the Illinois Humanities Council, for her program “Meals on Wheels: Great Migration Recipes Ride the Rails North.”  Donna’s website has recipes, blog entries, photographs, bios of black chefs, and cookbook recommendations.  Donna has been giving presentations and writing about food and culture for a number of years, and we are thrilled to have her here.

The Genealogy & Local History Library possesses many cookbooks compiled locally. The most recently acquired cookbook is the Black Pioneer Cookbook, which ties in nicely with Donna Pierce’s talk.  The Committee on Black Pioneers, through the Alton Museum of History and Art, published the Black Pioneer Cookbook in the late 1980s, and it was recently reprinted.  The cookbook contains recipes for all of the foods mentioned in the Meals on Wheels program description above (and much more) and also includes household hints, information about the Underground Railroad and Rocky Fork, and photographs and biographies of prominent black citizens from years past.  The Alton Museum of History and Art generously donated a copy of the Black Pioneer Cookbook to the Genealogy & Local History Library, but if you’d like your own, it is available to purchase for $12 at the Museum.

Black Pioneer Cookbook