Jell-O could seem like a trivial food. It’s brightly colored– vibrantly orange, electric green or unsettlingly blue—nutritionally void, and, hey, it jiggles. But in Appalachia, Jell-O marked a transformation in the lives of rural residents.
We stay at them around the South and across the United States: Day’s Inn. Best Western. Quality Inn. But there is a food world behind the scenes at some motels that most people are unaware of. Hint: it involves curry.
There’s a dish you’ll find at every kind of restaurant in Little Rock, from the pizza places to the burger joints: cheese dip. How did it become so beloved in Arkansas? And what does cheese dip reveal about the state’s past—and present?
Sticky rice. It may not be the first dish you expect to be served in a double-wide trailer in the mountain South, but in Morganton, North Carolina, you will find it in abundance. In this episode of Gravy, Katy Clune brings us the story of one Laotian family that’s introducing their community to their food … Continued
When you think of Southern food, especially if you’re not from the South, fried chicken might be the first dish that comes to mind. Chicken is a Southern staple, and the biggest chicken companies in the world are all based in the South. The second-largest poultry state is Arkansas, and the northwest region—home to the … Continued
What kind of view of a city can you have through its restaurants? Or—more specifically—through its strip mall restaurants?
Shirley Sherrod’s introduction to the intermingling of agriculture and racism came when she was 17 years old, with an incident that changed the course of her life. And, after that moment, her life has been one defined by the fight for black-owned farmland. In this episode of Gravy, one woman’s story of farming and race, which taps into the dramatic decline of African American farmers in the U.S., and how the USDA was complicit in the loss of millions of acres of their land.
What do the restaurants of your childhood say about the place you grew up? In Jack Hitt’s case, the Oysters Mornay and Escargots Bourguignonne of his Charleston, South Carolina home revealed a South attempting to be less… Southern.
The image of the Mississippi Delta the public usually gets is one of poverty– or of cotton fields. But, on a search for women like her grandmother, Alysia Burton Steele found a different Delta in the food stories of church mothers.