While West Virginia may be known for resources like coal, the country once turned to this mountain state for a culinary staple: salt. In this episode, we have the story of a seventh generation salt-making family, and how they’re reckoning with the industry’s dark past in order to find a way forward.
What does *not* eating meat say about you? In one young biracial man’s family, his dietary change was construed as white, elite, even feminine. In this episode of Gravy: the cultural politics of going vegetarian.
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, how does the city’s food reveal how the place has changed? This hour-long special episode of Gravy takes on that question, from what was eaten just after the storm to the stories of two restaurants that tap into the post-Katrina gentrification and marketing of New Orleans to … Continued
Gravy takes a road trip to the Shoals in northwest Alabama and visits two favorite hangouts in the small city of Florence. What do these places—one a century-old landmark, one a relative newcomer—tell us about public space and community-building?
How does a chef’s taste in things other than food wind up influencing what’s on the plate? For example, if they like rocking out to, say, the Butthole Surfers—is that relevant? If you were to meet Bill Smith riding his bike around town, you might not realize you’d encountered an avid rock fan. Bill is … Continued
What if the place you’d lived your whole life started to disappear? For fishermen in coastal Louisiana, that’s not just a nightmare scenario. Meet one fisherman who’s persisting in spite of hurricanes, oil spills, and the gradual disappearance of the place he’s called home.
Charleston, South Carolina has become the center of discussions about race and violence in America these past few weeks. But a dinner party held in Charleston back in 1865 may have things to teach us about racial reconciliation today.
Fried chicken has both been the vehicle for the economic empowerment of a whole group of people—and the accessory to an ugly racial stereotype. How can something so delicious be both?
Lexington, North Carolina calls itself the “Barbecue Capital of the World.” (In fact, the state legislature got a little more specific about it, dubbing the city “the Hickory Smoked Barbecue Capital of North Carolina.”) For more than one hundred years, pitmasters there have been cooking pork shoulders slowly over coals from a wood fire, and slicking them … Continued