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Bully's Family by Kimber Thomas

Bully’s Restaurant

Bully’s Restaurant opened its doors on Livingston Avenue in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1982. This soul food kitchen has served its community for over 30 years at the same location: a brick building built by Tyrone More…

Salt and Hams

Cured South

Curing is not for the hasty; it cannot be rushed. It demands patience and memory... More…

Ya-Ka-Mein

Ya-Ka-Mein in New Orleans

Ya-ka-mein. Yakimi. Yet-ca-mein. Yak e mein. Yacamein. Ya-ka-meat. Yaka mein. Just to call out a few of the ways you might encounter the protein-and-noodle soup spelled around New Orleans. More…

Maria's living room_cloth picture of women cooking in market

Women at Work in San Francisco

We traveled to San Francisco to visit with female culinary entrepreneurs whose stories mirror the ones already in our archive. Their stories are our stories. They are the stories from the Global South. More…

Haylene Greens HANDS

Women Who Farm: Georgia

For anyone who’s stood in front of a woman farmer and said, "You don’t look like a farmer," you probably haven’t been to Georgia. More…

Photo by Sherri Sheu.

Pie in Arkansas

Being a Southern pie lady is no task for the faint of heart. These women work hard to earn the title. These are their stories. More…

Dockery Farms Oral History Intro Photo

Dockery Farms

At its peak, Dockery Plantation covered 40 square miles and was home to more than 400 families. Charley Patton made a name for himself playing guitar at Dockery. So did other bluesmen like Howlin’ Wolf, More…

Trails & Regional Projects

Southern BBQ Trail - SFA Documentary

Southern BBQ Trail

Barbecue, barbeque, bar-b-q, BBQ: there are almost as many spellings as there are kinds of barbecue, as if the proliferation of words could express the mastering tastes and aromas of the food, all the experiences More…

Southern Gumbo Trail a Documentary from Southern Foodways Alliance

Southern Gumbo Trail

Gumbo. So many versions, so many cooks, so many contradictions. Such as: Only use a roux with poultry, filé with seafood. Use okra in the summer, filé in the winter. You have to have a More…

Southern Boudin Trail

Southern Boudin Trail

Food is a tie that binds, a constant, an equalizer, or in the words of James Beard: “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” Food can also function as one of the defining characteristics More…

Hot Tamale Trail

Hot Tamale Trail

Better known for its association with cotton and catfish, the Mississippi Delta has a fascinating relationship with the tamale. In restaurants, on street corners, and in kitchens throughout the Delta, this very old and time-consuming More…