Category Archives: Pop Culture and Pop Food

Southern Guide to Tashlich

Tashlich is an ancient symbolic ritual among Jews where we scatter crumbs from our pockets into a body of water with fish. As our friends below nibble it’s symbolizes parting ways with our sins. We say a few psalms, make personal … Continue reading

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COTTON IS NOT INHERENTLY RACIST. 

I’m not even linking to the story because it’s that stupid. I can’t be bothered. Hobby Lobby, which I would never patronize because of their stance on birth control, etc. sells decorative cotton. Once upon a time, so did I. … Continue reading

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Enjoyed the art in The Cooking Gene? Meet my illustrator, Stephen Crotts!

When you hear people talk about the enmity of white and Black Southerners you need to understand that everyday that paradigm is being challenged by the generations here and to come. When I wanted a dream team of people for … Continue reading

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The Faces of #TheCookingGene 

This has been an amazing day. Thank you.  Summer has it on the shelf next to the copy of Roots she inherited from her Grandmother. 

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Good Press on Launch Day! THE COOKING GENE, Part 1 August 1, 2017

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/food-historian-reckons-black-roots-southern-food-180964285/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=socialmedia If you want to check out Smithsonian magazine’s coverage. Or…if you missed this morning’s piece on the NPR show “On Point,” listen here. Its a really great conversation about who “owns” Southern food. Want some recipes? Try this piece from … Continue reading

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Dear HBO: About that Alt-Reality “Confederate” Show.

Ok. HBO has created tremendous buzz about a show that has everybody talking, even me. It’s a show called “Confederate,” the South won, time moved on, slavery and abolitionist sentiments and battles over freedom evolved through our own day. To … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace and Sean Brock 

Dear Sean, Ever since our one on one phone call, I’ve received a lot of questions about the content of our conversation.  You were up front with me at the time about a few issues in your life causing you … Continue reading

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