Books by Caroline
Soul Food Love
The recipes in Soul Food Love are love letters I wrote to my mother. Part of getting the recipes out of my head and down on paper was wanting to save her life. The biographies that start out the book are my mother’s love letters to our foremothers. Just sayin’. That’s the home truth about our book Soul Food Love. But there’s some big world politics in it too. Here’s how those politics were described when our book was coming out by the amazing team at Clarkson-Potter, who have been supporting our journey to being kitchen sink amazons:
“In May 2012, bestselling author Alice Randall penned an op-ed in the New York Times titled “Black Women and Fat,” chronicling her quest to be “the last fat black woman” in her family. She turned to her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams, for help. Together they overhauled the way they cook and eat, translating recipes and traditions handed down by generations of black women into easy, affordable, and healthful—yet still indulgent—dishes, such as Peanut Chicken Stew, Red Bean and Brown Rice Creole Salad, Fiery Green Beans, and Sinless Sweet Potato Pie. Soul Food Love relates the authors’ fascinating family history (which mirrors that of much of black America in the twentieth century), explores the often fraught relationship African-American women have had with food, and forges a powerful new way forward that honors their cultural and culinary heritage. This is what the strong black kitchen looks like in the twenty-first century.”
- Soul Food Love is in Walmart stores nationwide, and it has been featured in the windows of Independent bookstores across the country including Square Books and Parnassus.
- Inked deal with Chef’d to create healthy meal kits featuring Soul Food Love recipes
- Soul Food Love recipes were featured at the Time-Life building cafeteria were 1500 lunches are served a day sponsored by BEAT (Black Employees at Time Incorporated) to celebrate Black History Month.
Lucy Negro Redux
Part Savvy Lit Crit, part Blues chart, part hip revenge-femme-lyric, part imagined Interracial Romance Saga disguised as poems, In Lucy Negro, Redux Caroline Randall Williams plays the literary Race Card and cuts the whole deck, moving backwards in time in and forward in mind, archeologically offering a precise and seductive command performance of the hidden temperament of a specific and beautiful “Dark Lady”–both used and loved. Williams unearths Lucy by working her own mojo of intelligent vengeance and a dual aesthetic of inquiry and minimal, tour de force exegesis. Travel with Williams through the sublime racial moments of famous sonnets to a cultural critique of the work of Mr. Whiteness Him Bad Bard Self, William Shakespeare. Lucy as radical muse. Lucy as newly-freed verse news. Move over Othello, no more easy getting’ ovah, Lucy Negro aka Black Luce has, double-brilliantly and double inventively, fully arrived on fire!
Thirteen-year-old orphan Black Bee Bright (B. B. for short) is funny, quirky, precocious, and adventurous. But B. B. has a secret. She’s captive on an island in “the middle of very tropical nowhere” because she’s forced to hide her true identity as a royally born princess from her parents’ enemies in Raven World. B. B. must find a way to escape to “the Other World” where there are best friends and cool clothes, but she can’t escape the island until she passes her Official Princess Test and undertakes a dangerous journey alone to the East side of the island, where eight princesses must help her discover what it truly means to be a princess.
- Winner: The Harlem Book Fair Phyllis Wheatley Award for Best Young Adult Fiction (2013)
- Finalist: NAACP Image Award for Best Young Adult Fiction (2013)