In Praise of Sides


When I was in Robeson County, North Carolina, a few weeks ago to report the first story for our new Gravy podcast, I asked everybody the same question: what’s on your Thanksgiving table? Usually, folks would get around to mentioning “turkey” around minute five or six of the long list of dishes. Nearly everyone I was talking to was a member of the Lumbee tribe of Native Americans—and if you don’t know who they are, well, maybe you should listen to our podcast. It seemed to me that turkey was an afterthought. It was superceded by fried chicken and ham, but, even more than that, it was far less important than the SIDES. Collard greens. … Continued

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