As I embark upon the release of my very first literary project, something hit me like a ton of bricks. this is monumental for my bloodline. No one has ever written and published a book in my lineage that I am aware of - let alone a cookbook.
One of my greatest possessions is a book by Rufus Estes, the First African-American Chef to write a cookbook. I keep this book on my desk at home and often carry it with me to work. I have never tried any of the recipes inside. That's not why I have it. I use it a motivation and a reason to try not to make excuses.
Rufus Estes was born a slave but managed to become a chef and write the first cookbook written by a Black man.
Today, I and many other Black chefs can follow in his footsteps.
For more information on my book release, visit: www.chefdesmond.com/events