“I dedicate this book to every wannabe cook who will dare critcism by getting into the kitchen and stirring up some groceries.”Maya Angelou
I would like to finish off the month of February by acknowledging all the riches that African American women have brought to the world. And, one of my personal favorites is Maya Angelou. Maya wrote memoirs, poetry and cookbooks. There is nothing that I like more than to read a cookbook filled with personal reminisences. And, Maya doesn’t disappoint. The recipe and story I have chosen to share with you are from Maya’s years as an activitist. Maya tells the story of her friend, Jessica Mitford. Jessica, who was better known as Decca, was a British aristocrat who left Britain to become an activist in the U.S.
Apparently, Decca wasn’t much of a cook. But one evening ended up with an uncooked chicken that was gifted to her after she comitted a series of well meaning mistakes. The title of the recipe immediately drew me in and the first direction in the recipe made it the clincher for this post.
Decca’s Chicken, Drunkard Style
First, drink 1 glass of wine.
I would like to dedicate this post to Peggy Kulmie, whose friendship I treasure.
31 responses to “BLACK HISTORY MONTH – Maya Angelou”
I love May Angelou too. I haven’t seen any of her cookbooks but must check them out. This recipe looks easy and tasty.
It is a wonderful book to read filled with personal stories.
Nice way to end the month!
Thanks Judy. Cookbook Confidential took off beyond my expectations and I almost missed Black History month.
A nice finishing touch for Black History Month. Not sure about the recipe, and I’d probably add a few steps (and ingredients) but I like the first part! 😂
BTW, Dr. Angelou lived here in Winston-Salem for the last 30 or so years of her life! She was quite a fixture around town and taught at Wake Forest University.
She was such a wonderful woman. Wake Forest must still miss her presence.
I know the recipe was a bit sketchy but the story was fabulous.
I adore Maya Angelou 🙂 Her friend Rebecca’s drunken chicken recipe sounds really wonderful.
It sure is one fun recipe!
A terrific post!
Thanks so much. It is easy to be terrific when you have such a good subject.
I didn’t know she had written cookery books as well as everything else. A wonderful woman.
And the recipe sounds terrific.
I just kinda stumbled upon her cookbooks one day when I was in the library, The book is wonderful, part memoir and part cookbook.
Beautiful post!!! I love Dr. Angelou too!!! Thank you for sharing!!
You are most welcome. She was an extraordinary human being.
She certainly was!!
💜 As a Black Man I Have Avid Admiration for Maya Angelou (note the first five letters of Her Angelic Surname) so this doesn’t surprise me; ‘isms’ are not easy to deal with but along with other female “activists” such as Emily Bronte, Jane Austen, JK Rowland et al She has successfully confronted Sexism and Racism
nisi mortuus nec neque nolite vicit 🤭🤫🤐
…the way to a Mans Heart ❤️ 💙 💜 💖 💗 💘 ❤️ of whatever skin colour is through his stomach; so, Ladies 🚺 Discuss with Your Significant Other Their Dietary Preferences but, even better, teach them to cook…
You are right about learning to cook. Everyone should have that skill.
You have named some amazing women in your comment. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
💜 YOU!!! ARE Most Welcome SupaSoulSis 🙏🏿 🤗 ☺️ 😊 🙌 😀 🙏🏿 and Thank you for your kind words; a worthy additional “name” is Emily Pankhurst that escaped me when I originally commented
nisi mortuus nec neque nolite vicit 🤭🤫🤐
Hi, Bernadette – Like so many others, I have also been a longtime fan of Maya Angelou, but I didn’t know about her cookbooks. Thank you for sharing this. I am off to borrow this one from our library right now. And thank you for linking up with WOYP! <3
Always fun to do the link up. You will love reading the cookbook. Maya is so funny and the stories will make you chuckle.
Love it! I didn’t know about Maya Angelou’s cookbooks but do love a book full of personal stories.
A cookbook memoir is one of my favorite reads.
Well this recipe is certainly easy!!!
I love Maya Angelou too! And I love that first step for this recipe and I think is applicable in all recipes 😉😋🍷
Ooh. That looks good and so simple to make, Bernadette. I like starting off the recipe with a glass of wine too. 😀 A lovely post, my friend.
That was the best part of the pandemic. Youcould cook with a glass (or two) of wine and not worry because you couldn’t go out anyway😂