Congratulations are in order for Adrian Miller, aka Soul Food Scholar, for winning the 2022 James Beard Foundation Media Award for Reference, History, and Scholarship for Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue Miller previously won a Beard Award in 2014 for Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time.
About Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue:
In Black Smoke, Miller chronicles how Black barbecuers, pitmasters, and restauranteurs helped develop this cornerstone of American foodways and how they are coming into their own today. It’s a smoke-filled story of Black perseverance, culinary innovation, and entrepreneurship. Though often pushed to the margins, African Americans have enriched a barbecue culture that has come to be embraced by all. Miller celebrates and restores the faces and stories of the men and women who have influenced this American cuisine. This beautifully illustrated chronicle also features 22 barbecue recipes collected just for this book.
About Adrian Miller:
Adrian Miller is a certified Kansas City Barbecue Society judge and recipient of a James Beard Foundation Book Award for Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time. A consultant on Netflix’s Chef’s Table BBQ, Miller’s previous book is The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas.