The Legend and the Food of "Princess Pamela"

May 15, 2017

Pamela Strobel
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South Carolina native “Princess” Pamela Strobel ruled a small realm, but her powers ranged far and wide. Her speakeasy-style restaurant in Manhattan was for three decades a hip salon, with regulars from Andy Warhol to Diana Ross. Her iconic Southern dishes influenced chefs nationwide, and her cookbook became a bible for a generation who yearned for the home cooking left behind in the Great Migration. One of the earliest books to coin soul food, Princess Pamela's Soul Food Cookbook: A Mouth-Watering Treasury of Afro-American Recipes is a touchstone of African-American cuisine, but fell out of print more than forty years ago.

Southern food ambassadors Matt and Ted Lee have long treasured Princess Pamela’s cookbook, and have chosen it for the first in a series of important, out-of-print cookbooks to be re-published. Matt Lee joins Walter Edgar to talk about Pamela Strobel, her influence, and her recipes.

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