Toni Tipton-Martin is a culinary journalist, author and community activist who has dedicated her career to building a healthier community. She is the author of The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks, a book that celebrates the important legacy of African American cooks and their cookbooks. She is the winner of a 2016 James Beard Book Award, the 2016 Art of Eating Prize and the recipient of a 2015 Certificate of Outstanding Contribution to Publishing from the Black Caucus of the Library Association. She founded a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes the connection between cultural heritage, food and health through two events—the Children’s Picnic: A Real Food Fair; and Soul Summit: A Conversation About Race, Identity, Power and Food. Toni is profiled in the 35th Annual 2016 Aetna African American History Calendar, is a member of the James Beard Awards committee and a co-founder of Southern Foodways Alliance and Foodways Texas.
Toni was invited twice by First Lady Michelle Obama to the White House, was the first African American Food Editor of a major daily newspaper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer; the nutrition writer for the Los Angeles Times; and a contributing editor to Heart and Soul Magazine. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Oldways’ African Heritage Diet Pyramid.