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Taste of Resilience: A Conversation with the Rousseau Sisters and Julia Turshen

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From our organizers:

“The story of Caribbean food cannot be told without telling the story of Caribbean women. The women of our region—the mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunts, the caregivers, the homemakers, the housekeepers and the cooks—are the wheels on which our society turns.”

In their new book, Provisions, sisters Suzanne and Michelle Rousseau chart the matrilineal influence on Jamaican (and by extension Caribbean) food over the past three centuries, through the exploration of their personal ancestry and the intricacies of West Indian plantation society.

“Their meals are laced with the aroma of fortitude, the memory of pain, the spicy taste of resilience and a legacy of love that continues to nurture us to this day. But for too long these women have been forgotten, unacknowledged, and unseen. We have not told their stories.”

Join the Rousseau sisters, in conversation with Julia Turshen, as they celebrate the ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and independent spirit of Caribbean women, who defied enslavement, colonialism, and misogyny to create an enduring culinary legacy that has retained its relevance and timelessness by traversing the lines of race, culture, and class.

An informal reception with book signings, small bites, and cocktails by Shannon Mustipher will follow.

This program is part of our Eat•Drink•Read series, sponsored by W. W. Norton.


62 Bayard Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222 United States
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