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Cooking for One: Mushroom Minimalist

Published February 21, 2024

Plus, Lelani Lewis is today’s guest on Food with Mark Bittman

Photo: Mark Bittman

If you don’t yet know who ​Lelani Lewis​ — today’s guest on Food with Mark Bittman — is, get ready for us to wax poetic about her a lot moving forward. Lewis is a talented chef, food stylist, and culinary activist, and her first book, the wonderful Code Noir: Afro-Caribbean Stories and Recipes, is just out now. The book follows in the footsteps of Lelani’s ​popular dinner series​; both are named after a set of French regulations put forth by Louis XIV in 1685 that was in effect for more than 150 years and that outlined how enslaved people in French colonies should be treated, with regards to just about everything you can possibly imagine.

Photo: Instagram/@lelani_lewis

Why would Lewis name her book after such a decree? You’ll find out. This is a full-bodied conversation, and Kate and I left it feeling like we’d made a new friend. (Those are the best conversations!)