Jessica B. Harris Bio, Age, Family, Husband, Height, Net and Cookbooks

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Jessica B. Harris Birthday and Wiki

Jessica Harris is a journalist, cookbook author, college professor, and American food historian. She spent 50 years as a professor at Queens College, City University of New York, and is currently a professor emeritum. She is the author of 15 volumes, including memoirs, nonfiction food writing, and recipes. Her novel High on the Hog was converted into a four-part Netflix series in 2021, and she has won two James Beard Foundation Awards, including one for lifetime achievement in 2020.

Jessica B. Harris Education

Harris attended the United Nations International School in New York City from 1953 to 1961. After completing her studies at the High School of Performing Arts at the age of sixteen, Jessica went on to Bryn Mawr College where she received an A.B. in French. Harris went abroad to Paris during her junior year at Bryn Mawr. After graduating, Harris went back to France to spend a year studying at the Universite de Nancy. She then received a master’s from Queens College and a doctorate from New York University. Harris visited West Africa in 1972 to complete her doctoral dissertation.

Jessica B. Harris Age and Birthday

Jessica is 74 years old as of 2022. She was born on 18 March 1948 in Queens, New York, United States. She celebrates her birthday on March 18th every year.

Jessica B. Harris Nationality and Ethnicity

Jessica is of American nationality by birth. She was born in Queens, New York. She is of mixed ethnicity/heritage/ancestry. ALSO READ: Todd English

Jessica B. Harris Family

In 1948, an only child named Jessica was born in Queens, New York. Additionally, her family owned a vacation property on Martha’s Vineyard.

Jessica B. Harris Height

Jessica stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches (1.6 m).

Jessica B. Harris Net Worth

Jessica has an estimated net worth of $3 million.

Jessica B. Harris Career

Harris first worked as a journalist in the 1970s before switching to writing about cuisine. She served as the theatrical critic for the New York Amsterdam News, the country’s oldest black newspaper, and the book review editor for Essence. She served as a permanent food historian for Sara Moulton’s Cooking Live Primetime from July to November 1999. She has furthermore made appearances on a number of other television programs, including Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Main Ingredient, and The Curtis Aikens Show.

In the English Department of Queens College/C.U.N.Y., where she taught for 50 years, Harris is a professor emerita. At Dillard University in New Orleans, she served as the first scholar in residence in the Ray Charles Chair in African American Material Culture.

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She also started Dillard University’s Institute for the Study of Culinary Cultures. On the Heritage Radio Network, she is the host of the monthly show My Welcome Table. She has 12 books to her credit. The culinary traditions, foodways, and recipes of the African diaspora are her main research interests. Harris received a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Foodways Alliance in 2004 and was recognized with a special award from the James Beard Foundation in 2010. She released a memoir titled My Soul Looks Back in 2017.

Based on Harris’ 2011 book High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, Netflix broadcast a four-episode series titled High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America in May 2021. She received a Lifetime Achievement James Beard Foundation Award in 2020. She was listed on the Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, in September 2021.

Jessica B. Harris Books | Cookbooks

  • Hot Stuff: A Cookbook in Praise of the Piquant, Atheneum, 1985 – 278 pages
  • Sky Juice and Flying Fish: Tastes Of A Continent, Simon & Schuster, 1991 – 240 pages
  • Tasting Brazil: Regional Recipes and Reminiscences, Macmillan, 1992 – 285 pages
  • The World Beauty Book: How We Can All Look and Feel Wonderful Using the Natural Beauty Secrets of Women of Color, HarperSanFrancisco, 1995 – 211 pages
  • The Welcome Table: African-American Heritage Cooking, Simon & Schuster, February 2, 1995 – 285 pages
  • On the Side: More Than 100 Recipes for the Sides, Salads, and Condiments that Make the Meal, Simon & Schuster, 1998 – 176 pages
  • A Kwanzaa Keepsake: Celebrating the Holiday with New Traditions and Feasts, Simon & Schuster, 1998 – 176 pages
  • The Africa Cookbook: Tastes of a Continent, Simon, and Schuster, 1998 – 382 pages
  • Iron Pots & Wooden Spoons: Africa’s Gifts to New World Cooking, Simon & Schuster, February 3, 1999 – 224 pages
  • Beyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food from the Atlantic Rim, Simon & Schuster
  • High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Rum Drinks: 50 Caribbean Cocktails, From Cuba Libre to Rum Daisy, Chronicle Books, July 23, 2013 – 168 pages
  • The Martha’s Vineyard Table, Chronicle Books, July 30, 2013 – 204 pages
  • My Soul Looks Back, Scribner, 2017 – 244 pages