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Code Noir

Code Noir

Afro-Caribbean Stories and Recipes

Lelani Lewis
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Through 80+ recipes, Code Noir tells the interesting and complex story of Caribbean cuisines that are not only incredibly rich in flavor but also in history.

Code Noir is a cookbook steeped in history. Not just because of the title, which hits on a seventeenth-century decree in which King Louis XIV recorded how enslaved Africans in the French colonies were to be treated, but also because it deals with the food and the people that, through the gruesome course of history, came together in the Caribbean.

Inside, chef and culinary activist Lelani Lewis goes back to her Caribbean roots with classics like jerk chicken, salted cod fritters, pepperpot stew, and Guinness punch. She also shares new creations with typically Caribbean ingredients like cassava, corn, coconut, lime, plantain, and chilies: plantain with peanut and lime salsa, sweet potato gratin with ginger cream, and crème anglaise of creamed corn and caramelized guava.


Lelani Lewis is a chef, food stylist, and culinary activist who grew up in South London with a father from Grenada (Lesser Antilles) and a mother from Ireland. After studying sociology, she started Code Noir, a platform on Caribbean cuisines inspired by the complex history of her father's cuisine.

Lelani organizes dinner parties, workshops, and lectures that explore food, history, resistance, remembrance, and colonialism.


  • Publisher: Tra Publishing
  • Publish Date: February 20, 2024
  • Pages: 256
  • Dimensions: 8.43 X 10.39 X 1.02 inches | 2.99 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Hardcover
  • EAN/UPC: 9781962098007
  • BISAC Categories: Regional & Ethnic - Caribbean & West Indian, Essays & Narratives, History


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