//Asian Girl in a Southern World: This is not your mother’s cookbook.

Asian Girl in a Southern World: This is not your mother’s cookbook.


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From the moment she was once born, Dalena Haskins was once slightly ceaselessly the only brown girl in the room. For many of us she encountered, she was once the first non-white and non-black person they had ever seen. That’s because she was once a Filipina mestiza born and raised in one of the vital least Asian populated places in The usa- Obion County, Tennessee, located “three hours west of Nashville, two hours north of Memphis, twenty minutes from the Mississippi River, and right in the course of nowhere.” This cookbook/ memoir chronicles her journey growing up as one of the vital only Asian children in the racially-charged Confederate flag-flying community, beginning with the day she was once born. This story is about a lot more than being different. It is about a girl who is forced to make choices in the face of difficulty without a road map to follow, and her quest to gain the respect of a community that she loves, even as fighting to discover who she was once meant to be. Her unique stories that address bullying, racism, and even the “n-word” are accompanied by poems and original recipes that combine traditional southern cooking with authentic Filipino dishes. The ingredients she uses are an immediate reflection of both sides of her family roots: moonshine, muscadine wine, bologna, spam, bean thread noodles, fish sauce, and soy sauce, complete with a section on where to find them and how to properly use them. This is definitely not your mother’s cookbook.