Jessica B. Harris is the author, editor, or translator of eighteen books including twelve cookbooks documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora. She has lectured widely in the United States and abroad and has written extensively for scholarly and popular publications. Harris consults internationally including for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on their new cafeteria. She holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College, Queens College/CUNY, The Université de Nancy, France, and New York University. She holds lifetime achievement awards from the Southern Foodways Alliance, the Soul Summit, and The James Beard Foundation. She was elected to the James Beard Who’s Who in Food and Beverage in America and was inducted into their Cookbook Hall of Fame for her body of work. Dr. Harris is professor emerita at Queens College/CUNY. in New York.