In two of the most renowned and historic venues in Harlem, Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson created a unique take on the Afro-Asian-American flavor profile. Their foundation was a collective three decades of traveling the African diaspora, meeting and eating with chefs of color, and researching the wide reach of a truly global cuisine; their inspiration was how African, Asian, and African-American influences criss-crossed cuisines all around the world. They present here for the first time over 100 recipes that go beyond just one place, taking you, as noted by The New Yorker, “somewhere between Harlem and heaven.”
The book was designed by Roberto deVicq, with photography by Beatriz da Costa and food styling by Roscoe Betsill. The cover pairs two elegant monolinear typeface revivals from Commercial Type. Tanja (2016) is a dotted variant of Marian 1554, a rendering of the underlying skeleton of Robert Granjon’s Paragon Italic (Granjon). Its dots subtly vary in weight, corresponding with the stroke stress in the Renaissance original. DeVicq applied a range of bright colors to the dots, adding spark and connecting type and background.
All other type on the cover is set in Marian 1800’s Regular and Italic style – another member of the Marian collection (2012), based on “Bodoni’s latter modern style (…). Whilst some revivals of Bodoni tend towards the static and simplifed; Marian 1800 retains the warmth of Bodoni’s first modern. This can be particularly seen in the elegant italic, which retains an element of script.” [Marian collection specimen].
In the interior, Tanja is complemented by another typeface family with roots in New York City: Jubilat (2008) by Darden Studio is used for headings and other medium-sized elements. The text typeface is Cassia by Hoftype.