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Each year, the Southern Foodways Alliance celebrates men and women whose lifework enriches Southern food culture. Seven SFA awards and honors recognize these cultural standard bearers.

Mayukh Sen

Margie Samuels Fellow Mayukh Sen is a New York-based writer and Adjunct Professor at New York University, where he teaches food writing. He won the 2018 James Beard Award for Profile for his Food52 piece on soul food restaurateur Princess Pamela and was nominated for the 2019 James Beard MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award for his Poetry Foundation piece on Maya Angelou’s food writing. His writing has been anthologized in The Best American Food Writing 2019, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and New Yorker web. He is currently writing a book of narrative nonfiction, to be published by W.W. Norton & Company, on the immigrant women who shaped food in America.



The Southern Foodways Alliance drives a more progressive future by leading conversations that challenge existing constructs, shape perspectives, and foster meaningful discussions. We reconsider the past with research, scrutiny, and documentation.


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