The Association of Food Journalists has named Jessica B. Harris ’68 the recipient of the 2016 Carol DeMasters Service to Food Journalism Award in recognition of her significant and lasting contribution to the field of food journalism.
Harris has spent much of her career researching, preserving, and promoting African and African-American contributions to the culinary field. Her most recent book, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, with a foreword by Maya Angelou, won the International Association of Culinary Professionals' Food History Award in 2012.
A professor at Queens College, CUNY, Harris has more than a dozen cookbooks to her name and has consulted for the cafeteria of the Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture and for the Ray Charles Programs in African American Food Studies at Dillard University in New Orleans. Currently, Harris hosts “My Welcome Table,” a monthly radio show on Heritage Radio Network about food, travel, music, and memory.