The Hand that Rocked the South

by Patricia B. Mitchell

Mammy: The Hand that Rocked the South

First-hand accounts of dedicated women who served and shaped families not their own, and at the same time anchored a wider culture. Authored by Patricia B. Mitchell. Published 2006. 12 recipes, 78 research notes, 7 illustrations, 37 pages. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Soft cover, saddle-stitched. ISBN-10: 1-929384-08-4. ISBN-13: 978-1-929384-08-2.

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About the Book

Using primary source material, Patricia Mitchell describes the role of “Mammy” — her influence; the devotion often felt between this iconic figure and the family dependent upon her; her tasks; and some of her recipes. Moving accounts and poems, as well as reproductions of images of actual mammies, bring to life Mammy: The Hand that Rocked the South. Abundant endnotes reveal Patricia's sources so that interested readers can delve even deeper into this fascinating topic.

Some recipes in the book include Chicken Patties, Persimmon Cornbread, and Mammy Ellen's Spiced Ginger Cake.

This stirring tribute is a worthwhile addition to the book collection of all those interested in the history of African-American culture and cuisine.

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