A Semester of Southern Foodways

The University of Mississippi kicks off another academic year today—you can tell by the 8 a.m. grumbling of SFA staff who’ve had to relinquish our blissfully-close-to-the-office summertime parking spaces.

Still, we’ve got a lot to be excited about. We’ve just welcomed our newest undergraduate and graduate students at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and our foodways professor, Dr. Catarina Passidomo, has invited us into her seminar on Southern Foodways and Culture.

Dr. Passidomo shared her course readings with us so that you, dear readers, may also get a taste of this well-rounded introduction to the study of Southern food. Her students will share reflections on the readings throughout the semester as well.

We invite you to read along with us. (You can skip the term paper.)


August 24, 2015

Lewis, Edna. 2008. “What is southern?” Gourmet Magazine. January.

Lefler, Lisa J. 2007. “Introduction.” Southern Foodways and Culture. Knoxville: Newfound Press. Pp. 1-6.

August 31

Egerton, John. 1993. Southern food: At home, on the road, in history. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

September 14

Cohen Ferris, Marcie. 2014. The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

September 21

Edge, John T., Elizabeth Engelhardt, and Ted Ownby, Eds. 2013. The Larder: Food studies methods from the American South. Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press.

READ ONLY: Introduction, Chapters 15 and 16, and one chapter of your choosing from each part (1-4).

September 28

Shields, David S. 2015. Southern Provisions: The Creation and Revival of a Cuisine. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.


October 5

Engelhardt, Elizabeth. 2011. A Mess of Greens: Southern Gender and Southern Food. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press

October 12

Harris, Jessica B. 2011. High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America. New York: Bloomsbury.

October 19

Williams-Forson, Psyche A. 2006. Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food and Power. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press.

October 26

Cooley, Angela Jill. 2015. To Live and Dine in Dixie: The Evolution of Urban Food Culture in the Jim Crow South. Athens: The University of Georgia Press.

November 2

Daniel, Pete. 2013. Dispossession: Discrimination against African American farmers in the age of Civil Rights. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. 2014. “The case for reparations.The Atlantic, May 21. (Optional)

Struesse, Angela. 2013. “Low wage legacies, race, and the golden chicken in Mississippi: Contemporary immigration meets African American labor history.” Southern Spaces, December 31. (Optional)

November 9

Estabrook, Barry. 2011. Tomatoland. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel.


November 16

Knipple, Paul and Angela Knipple. 2012. The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover’s Tour of the New American South. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press.