Editor's note: Nikki Giovanni is a poet, writer, and a professor at Virginia Tech. Her latest work is "Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid." Here, she remembers her dear friend, writer and activist Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday at age 86.
Our only disagreements were about food.
She was a great cook, and I think of myself as a good one. We were arguing about rack of lamb, one of my specialties. My recipe comes from the late, great country cook Edna Lewis. I went home after my visit and decided I should not just talk the talk but also walk the walk.
I called my good friend Joanne Gabbin from Furious Flower Poetry Center to have her come with me to Doc's to cook. Jo is a great cook, too. We got on Doc's calendar, packed all our ingredients and spices and boogied on down.
I think she loved me a little bit because she, like my only living aunt, always felt free to make minor corrections. "I think the lamb is a bit overdone," she offered.
"Well Edna Lewis is in heaven, and I checked with her before I put this on the table," I responded.
I wanted to fry chicken for her, too, but time just ran out.
Read the rest of Giovanni's remembrance at CNN Living