Thirty years ago, my hometown of Smithfield, North Carolina, launched what the Washington Post later called “A War In the Hamlets.” On the line were rights to the title “Ham Capital of the World.”
Nathalie Dupree Graduate Fellow Kate Wiggins compiled resources from SFA’s recent work that deal specifically with sexuality through the lens of food. Look, read, and listen to these stories that are often drowned out by politicized rhetoric and monolithic stereotypes about the South.
Food is the product of love and labor, usually in equal parts. When left behind, it reminds us that our loved ones were once very much alive.
A poem by Sandra Beasley, inspired by the artwork of Brooke Hatfield.
The Georgia peach is an icon, serving as shorthand for Southern beauty, hospitality, sweetness, and agrarian identity. Tom Okie shares how its roots sink deep into the messy racial politics of Southern history.
In the new episode of Gravy, Lora Smith takes us to her home in rural Appalachia to explore the seismic shift that Jell-O was part of in that part of the South.
Sandra Beasley, author of three poetry collections and a memoir, contributed two poems to our winter issue of Gravy.
In the late 1920s, a group of American linguists decided to undertake what is to date the largest survey of American English ever conducted. The ‘cornbread’ question elicited more than 390 distinct answers.
In the new episode of Gravy, though, we take a deep dive into the world of Indian-owned motels, and the food world they’ve maintained behind the scenes.