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As with his past two books, renowned chef, author and food justice activist, Bryant Terry, will launch his new book, Afro-Vegan, at Calvin College’s Wake up Weekend. And, as he did in 2012, he will make a special presentation in community as a special guest of Our Kitchen Table. We will post the time and location when that information becomes available.
Terry’s last book, Vegan Soul Kitchen, is critically acclaimed. If you’ve attended OKT events, you most likely have seen a copy of it–or seen the recipe card reprints that Terry gave us permission to share with our constituents. He is also the host of Urban Organic, a multi-episode web series that he co-created.
Terry’s interest in cooking, farming and community health can be traced back to his childhood in Memphis, Tennessee, where his grandparents inspired him to grow, prepare, and appreciate good food. Bryant’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Food and Wine, Gourmet, Sunset, O: The Oprah Magazine, Essence, Yoga Journal, and Vegetarian Times among many other publications.
He has made dozens of national television and radio appearances, including being a guest on The Martha Stewart Show, Emeril Green, Tell Me More, Morning Edition, The Splendid Table, and The Tavis Smiley Show. As an exclusive speaker signed with the Lavin Agency, Bryant presents frequently around the country as a keynote speaker at conferences, community events, and and colleges, including Brown, Columbia, NYU, Smith, Stanford, and Yale.
Bryant completed the chef’s training program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. He holds an M.A. in American History from NYU. From 2008 to 2010, Bryant was a fellow of the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program. He lives and creates in Oakland, California, with his wife Jidan Koon and their daughter.
Eco-chef, food justice activist and author, Bryant Terry will meet with Our Kitchen Table and community members for dialogue from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday Jan. 21 at Sherman Street Church, 1000 Sherman St. SE in Grand Rapids. If you’d like to be better prepared for the dialogue, Terry has recommended we read Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson.
Terry’s stop in Grand Rapids kicks off the release of his new cookbook, The Inspired Vegan. He is here principally to participate in Calvin College’s Wake-up Weekend, which includes a Friday evening lecture, “Cooking as Inspiration for Liberation” and a Saturday morning brunch and panel discussion featuring OKT’s executive director, Lisa Oliver King. Hosted by Brick Road Pizza, 1017 Wealthy Street SE. the free panel discussion takes place at 10 a.m. with brunch following at a cost of $12 per person.
Terry’s other books are Grub and Vegan Soul Kitchen. He has appeared on the Sundance Channel’s original TV series “Big Ideas for a Small Planet,” the BET series “My Two Cents” and on PBS’ “Nourish: Food + Community” and “The Endless Feast.”
Enjoy this brief clip of Terry talking about food discrimination: