Hip Hop to Bibimbap: the Atlanta of Christiane Lauterbach (Gravy Ep. 11)

Christiane Lauterbach in the mid-1990's. Photo by Marilyn Suriani.

What kind of view of a city can you have through its restaurants? Or—more specifically—through its strip mall restaurants? Christiane Lauterbach’s multi-decade career proves: a whole lot.

Christiane is a woman full of contradictions. A loner who is unfailingly gregarious. A self-described hermit who loves to ramble around her adopted city of Atlanta, Georgia. A French transplant who refuses to claim a Southern identity, but has changed the way Atlantans think about their restaurants. In this episode of Gravy, we learn how a Parisian woman came to document the evolution of a Southern restaurant scene, and what her work reveals about Atlanta’s global population.

Salted Soy Milk at North China Eatery.
Salted Soy Milk at North China Eatery.

As we mention in the story, Christiane’s publication, Knife & Fork, is not online. However, you can read her work in Atlanta Magazine here.

An international array of butter at Buford Highway Farmer's Market.
An international array of butter at Buford Highway Farmer’s Market.

You can also find an intimate portrait of Christiane in the Bitter Southerner here.

Christiane portrait