Crystal Black Davis is a self-proclaimed “accidental author” who created her fiction novel, Shaken and Stirred, by incorporating her experiences as a single, female entrepreneur, and the comical ups and downs of finding love and coming into your own.

Crystal began writing Shaken and Stirred after revisiting a few of her old journals and realizing that her life story read like a novel.

Crystal is the founder and president of Manhattan based Savvy Food Marketing, a firm committed to increasing awareness and driving demand for specialty food brands. Crystal is also founder of Hudson Row Publishing.

Crystal has been featured in The Huffington Post, Mater Mea, Black Voices, Essence and Jones Magazines for her insights on motherhood, entrepreneurship and food culture.

Crystal is a 2011 winner of the British Airways Face of Opportunity Entrepreneurs Competition, a member of the James Beard Foundation, and supporter of the UN World Food Programme and Food Bank For New York City.  She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc (pledged Kappa Chapter Spring 1996).

Crystal is a die-hard foodie, arts & culture patron, jazz connoisseur and an NPR fanatic. Crystal hails from Indianapolis and currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and son.

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QUICK FIRE Q&A

Dream Car

Tesla Model S (Me) & Model X (Family)

Favorite Magazines

Fast Company, Specialty Food Magazine

Now Reading

"By Invitation Only" Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Pre-Work Morning Routine

Pray, Kiss Son and Husband, Stretch (Five Tibetan Poses), Green Smoothie, read Our Daily Bread, Listen to "Status" by Andre Jones & Sacred Assembly

Heavy Rotation on your iPod

"Love Apparatus" album by Jesse Boykins III

Any Given Maxwell Song from 1996-now

Fantasy Dinner Party Guest List

The Obama's, Oprah, Martha Stewart,

Mark Zuckerberg, B. Smith, Mark Bittman,

Maya Angelou, ?uestlove, Tim Gunn, Iman, Neil deGrasse Tyson & Henry Louis Gates

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE SONGS

"Drowndeep: Hula" Maxwell

"My Dear" Mint Condition

"Daykeeper" The Foreign Exchange

"Round Midnight" Miles Davis / John Coltrane

"Cherish The Day" Sade

"Henya" Ambrose Akinmusire

"Maiden Voyage" Herbie Hancock

"A Love Supreme - Part 1" John Coltrane

"Vibes and Stuff" A Tribe Called Quest

"Bumpin" Wes Montgomery

"Clocks" Coldplay

"Outside Your Door" Meshell Ndegeocello

FAVORITE QUOTE

FAVORITE DISHES TO COOK

Collard Greens

2 day process. Day 1: Broth, Day 2: Add Greens

Shuro/Shiro

Simmered Puréed Chickpea-Ethiopian Staple

Barbecued Salmon

w/ Sweet Sesame Glaze

Mac & Cheese Upgrade

w/ Piave & Smoked Gouda

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed w/ Couscous & Ground Turkey Sausage

Halibut Tagine

A Quick (4 hour) Take on a Moroccan Fav

RANDOM FACTS

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

                                                   -Vidal Sassoon

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