History is discussed because the author alludes to a lingering shadow of racism and cultural traditions hovering over the African American dining experience. Smart handles the generation divides involved in the dining experience noting the experience of segregation plagues a great deal of persons over 50. Once the history is addressed she moves on to the art of modern dining from the grapevine to restaurant reviews online to making reservations.
In part of the book, the author states most reputable restaurants have a website. Yes, a great deal do but unfortunately in my experience as a restaurant critic that many restaurant still do not have one because they are still depending on word of mouth.
Other talking points include picking the right restaurant, a crash etiquette course on the selection process, how to dress, table setting and even how to handle dealing with a manager or maitre d if some problems such as bill disputes or problems with the food occur.
Dining While Black is an impressive informative read. This book should definitely be requested in your local library and book stores of historically black institutions. Buy it for someone. Buy it. Available on Amazon
Spice-O-Meter rating: Red Hot Pick!