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Allison is an entrepreneur, CEO, chef, and philanthropist. Her earliest memory is one of creating her own peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the floor of her family’s home in Chicago at 1 year of age with a butter knife, a single slice of bread, a container of peanut butter and a jar of jelly. Allison also served as her Grandmother Lucinda and mother Everlena’s sous chef daily. Allison is a wife and mother of four.  

Tiera is a business woman and chef. Tiera is a true creative and culinary genius. She loves spices and herbs. Tiera takes the ordinary and turns it into the extraordinary. Tiera credits her love of family to her love of creating culinary masterpieces. Tiera states being surrounded by her family, and incredible dishes made her want to recreate that feeling in her adulthood. Tiera is a wife and mother of four.

This book is a step by step instruction guide of recipes handed down from Grandmother to granddaughters. Our Grandmother Lucinda Howard who we affectionately called Big Momma taught us how to clean chitterlings, pick greens, and snap peas before we were 10 years old. Our Southern grandmother taught her city granddaughters that Sunday dinner began on Saturday night soaking beans, cleaning ribs, and defrosting sweet meat. 

The authors combined old school basics with new school favor to create Lagniappe. Lagniappe which is a favorite word that loosely translates from New Orleans as a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  The authors believe that this book is a testament to the power of a recipe. A recipe is important in every aspect of creation but it is the ability of the chef to change that recipe into something different and magnificent for each and every person who consumes the dish.  

Southern City Cuisine is a family’s journey, legacy, and history. It is a culinary story of a family’s travels from a Mississippi farm, through a New Orleans juke joint, to a Chicago kitchen. Allison and Tiera are the legacy of that family and their creations are the inheritance that they now choose to share with the world.