Code Noir: Afro-Caribbean Stories and Recipes


by Lelani Lewis


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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.

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.

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.


Publication Date | February 20, 2024| Trade edition

Hardcover » Smyth Sewn Binding

256 Pages
8.20 x 10.2

Color Photographs Throughout