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Rufus Estes' Good Things to Eat

Rufus Estes' Good Things to Eat

by Rufus Estes

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First published in 1911 Rufus Estes' Good Things to Eat is considered to be one of the first cookbooks ever written by a Black chef. Estes was born a slave, freed after the civil war and in adulthood became a notable chef in Chicago. While working for Pullman Company railcar line he fed many of the most famous and influential people of the time. His cookbook features French recipes along with some of Estes' favorites from growing up in the South.

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