Janie Mitchell, Reliable Cook: An Ex-slave’s Recipes for Living

This entry was posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013

Janie Mitchell Cover

On Wednesday, April 10th, The Friends of the Addlestone Library will host Lisa Foster and Mary Lou Coombs in a discussion of their book, Janie Mitchell, Reliable Cook: An Ex-slave’s Recipes for Living.

A non-fiction account of an ex-slave’s life, this story gives a snapshot view of Charleston from 1862-1931 through the eyes of Janie Mitchell based on her own writings. Marie Lou Coombs, whose family employed Janie in her later years, grew up hearing stories of Janie and reading her journal. Lisa Foster crafted Janie’s journal into a compelling story, told in the diarist’s own voice.

Janie Mitchell, Reliable Cook: An Ex-Slaves Recipe for Living chronicles Janie’s life as well as her relationship with her owners, the Rutledge family, and her later employment with other Charleston families.

When: Wednesday, April 10th, 6:00pm
Where: Addlestone Library, Room 227

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