Category Archives: Food People and Food Places

This Historian Wants You To Know The Real Story Of Southern Food : The Salt : NPR

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/10/01/496104487/this-historian-wants-you-to-know-the-real-story-of-southern-food This just came out on Morning Edition on NPR. My friend, reporter Erika Beras interviewed me on top of Jefferson’s mountain after my Mulberry Row presentation at the 10th annual Heritage Harvest Festival.  95 degrees in period clothing-owww! Enjoy!! … Continue reading

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Why this Blog?

Why this Blog? I wanted to create a new cultural vocabulary around food that would draw on our best yearnings to make the politics of food work for everybody not just a few.  I don’t have much to say about … Continue reading

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Ole Missus vs. Mammy?: Who Owns Southern Food?

https://munchies.vice.com/en/articles/ole-missus-vs-mammy-who-owns-southern-food I want to thank my editor at VICE Media’s food focused Munchies site, Matt Zuras and editor-in-chief Helen Hollyman for their incredible faith in my ability to take on a response to the piece “Edna Lewis and the Mythology … Continue reading

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#WorldBookDay Pre-Order The Cooking Gene today

  On November 8, 2016, HarperCollins will release my first book:  The Cooking Gene:  A Journey through African American Culinary History in the Old South.     RACE.  We are fascinated by it and imprisoned by it, frustrated by it … Continue reading

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In honor of #SFA15 :Southern Food: A 19th Century Photo Album

I can’t tell you how important I think food is. I’m currently at the 18th Southern Foodways Alliance conference in Oxford, Mississippi.  Coming back to the world’s largest gathering of South-centric chefs, thinkers, academics, entrepreneurs, authors, students, artists, photographers and … Continue reading

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A People’s History of Southern Barbecue

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/04/barbecue-american-tradition-enslaved-africans-native-americans?CMP=share_btn_tw Enjoy this piece I wrote, freshly published on The Guardian giving a short history of how barbecue is connected to American food and freedom through its enslaved African and Native American roots!

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In Honor of National Soul Food Month: The Roots of Soul

It’s National Soul Food Month. Yes there is such a thing! I thought I might take you on a tour of one of the sources of soul, the early Chesapeake. I’ve written frequently about the Chesapeake being the first “Creole … Continue reading

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