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Our Mothers’ Kitchens. The Philadelphia Inquirer. Photo by Gabrielle Clark.

Our Mothers’ Kitchens. The Philadelphia Inquirer. Photo by Gabrielle Clark.

‘WITHOUT CULTURE, YOU’RE LOST’: OUR MOTHERS’ KITCHENS RECLAIMS BLACK WOMANHOOD THROUGH FOOD AND WRITINGS

For Khaliah D. Pitts and Shivon Pearl Love, cooking is activism. It’s art. It’s prayer. The pair, self-described “sister-friends" and native Philadelphians, have created a family of projects that aim to celebrate black womanhood and culture through cooking and literature.

BRINGING BACK OUR MOTHERS’ KITCHENS

Working collectively as Our Mothers’ Kitchens, Philadelphia-based A Blade of Grass Fellows Khaliah Pitts and Shivon Love produced a cooking camp and intimate dinner series to honor the literary and culinary history of black women writers like Zora Neale Hurston, Ntozake Shange, and Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor. The gatherings provided a space for community to read, cook, and eat together, inviting participants to celebrate the liberatory possibilities of food and language.

Chef Dobson’s Mulatto Rice at Our Mothers’ Kitchens “In Search of Zora’s Kitchen” dinner, January 2019. Photo by Gabrielle Clark.

Chef Dobson’s Mulatto Rice at Our Mothers’ Kitchens “In Search of Zora’s Kitchen” dinner, January 2019. Photo by Gabrielle Clark.

Our Mothers Kitchens Founders Khaliah D. Pitts (r) and Shivon Love. Photo by Adachi Pimental.

Our Mothers Kitchens Founders Khaliah D. Pitts (r) and Shivon Love. Photo by Adachi Pimental.

CULINARY MEETS LITERATURE IN OUR MOTHERS’ KITCHENS

Janyce Denise Glasper speaks with Shivon Pearl Love and Khaliah D. Pitts, founders of Our Mothers’ Kitchens, a culinary/ literature project created by and for black people. Check out this interview to learn more about the project, which celebrates four black women authors, and its accompanying Summer Camp for black girls!

CRAFTING A SPACE TO WRITE, COOK, AND CELEBRATE BLACK WOMEN’S HISTORY

Working collectively as Our Mothers’ Kitchens, A Blade of Grass Fellows Khaliah D. Pitts and Shivon Love preserve black literary and culinary history by honoring black women writers through a series of intimate community dinners in Philadelphia.