We welcome the inimitable Alexander Smalls: self-described “social minister,” chef, restaurateur, opera singer, and creator of Minton’s Supper Club and The Cecil in Harlem. Most recently, alongside JJ Johnson and Veronica Chambers, he’s the co-author of “Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights and Every Day.”

Perhaps the only guest we’ll ever welcome who is a winner of both a Grammy and Tony Award (for a cast recording of “Porgy and Bess” with the Houston Grand Opera, in 1976), AND Esquire’s “Best New Restaurant in America” (for The Cecil, in 2014), Alexander gives us the low-down on the new book, his philosophies behind African diasporic cuisines, and, of course, what he’s recommending.

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