Meals, Music, and Muses

Alexander Smalls

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Publisher: Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250098092
Cover type: Hardcover
Publish date: 2/25/2020

Acclaimed restaurateur and co-author of James Beard award-winning Between Harlem and Heaven Alexander Smalls is back with recipes for classic African American dishes that originated in the South—and he organizes them according to the musical traditions to help readers understand the spirit behind them.

Iconic chef and world-renowned opera singer Alexander Smalls marries two of his greatest passions—food and music—in Meals, Music, and Muses. More than just a cookbook, Smalls takes readers on a delicious journey through the South to examine the food that has shaped the region. Each chapter is named for a type of music to help readers understand the spirit that animates these recipes.

Filled with classic Southern recipes and twists on old favorites, this cookbook includes starters such as Hoppin’ John Cakes with Sweet Pepper Remoulade and Carolina Bourbon Barbecue Shrimp and Okra Skewers, and main dishes like Roast Quail in Bourbon Cream Sauce and Prime Rib Roast with Crawfish Onion Gravy.

Complete with anecdotes of Smalls’s childhood in the Low Country and examinations of Southern musical tradition, Meals, Music, and Muses is a heritage cookbook in the tradition of Edna Lewis’s A Taste of Country Cooking.


Alexander Smalls is an iconic figure in American cooking. The former chef-owner of Café Beulah and other NYC restaurants, Smalls co-authored Between Harlem and Heaven, the 2019 Beard award winner for Best American Cookbook. Smalls is a world-renowned opera singer and the winner of a Grammy and a Tony Award.

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