The following is an announcement from AfriGeneas.com:
Marietta, GA (August 17, 2006) – African American genealogists searching for their African roots have another tool with the launch of AfriGeneas.com's Ancestral Cooking Forum ( http://www.afrigeneas.com/forum-food/ ). Food and how it is prepared can provide important clues about where African Americans’ ancestors came from on the African continent and the traditions forged in different places after their arrival in the Americas can help them determine more recent origins.
Some ingredients common to African American cooking that reflect African culture include okra, meat jerky, greens, yams, peanuts, rice, onions, sesame seeds, black-eyed peas, hot peppers, bananas, coconut and cornmeal. Cooking methods derived from African cooking include making stews that require long simmering periods, using many different kinds of meats and vegetables, large iron pots, communal cooking; combining fruit and meat in main dishes, and deep-frying meat and vegetables.
The Ancestral Cooking Forum is the latest addition to the popular and informative AfriGeneas message boards which include forums for discussion of slavery, Reconstruction, the Underground Railroad, Blacks in the military, DNA research, genealogy and technology, family reunions, African-Native American ancestry, free persons of color, and multi-cultural ancestry in addition to general genealogical and family history discussions and surname queries.
“Our mission at AfriGeneas,” according to webmaster Valencia King Nelson, “is to provide the resources for researching African related ancestry. Our forums are places for sharing research, networking and for advancing scholarship.”
AfriGeneas ( http://www.afrigeneas.com/ ) is the premier African American genealogy website. It consists of databases, extracted documents, mailing lists, message boards and chats. It is Google’s top-ranked African American genealogy site and has been named one of the top 101 genealogy websites for seven years in a row by Family Tree Magazine. The AfriGeneas Family Reunion Primer is the top-ranked African American family reunion destination on the web.