Special thanks to the Southern Foodways Alliance by way of Tina Antolini for a great interview with myself, William Woys Weaver, Denzel Mitchell and Spike Gjerde on the fish pepper and bringing it back to life in the Chesapeake region. Chesapeake foodways are the oldest Southern cross-cultural cooking traditions,  starting with Jamestown.  I will soon be posting a piece on Frederick Douglass and the Great House Farm at Wye House plantation, to add some further context to this pepper. Its origins in slavery in the tobacco and grain plantations and ports of Maryland is key to the fish pepper’s story.  For now, enjoy this oral history by the wonderful Tina Antolini. 

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