Re-Thinking Soup: Honoring Edna Lewis
Re-Thinking Soup honors chef and author Edna Lewis, (1916-2006) long considered an African American trailblazer in the culinary world. Ms. Lewis co-owned and cooked at Café Nicholson, a restaurant in New York City, renown for its fabulous cuisine and frequented by bohemians and artists throughout the 1940s and 50s. During the mid-twentieth century, female chefs were few and far between and black female chefs were a rarity. And yet Edna Lewis became well known and beloved for her creative, resourceful and delicious Southern cooking, a style that can be traced to her early life on her family's farm in Freetown, Orange County, Virginia.