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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Dori Sanders


Dori Sanders is a farmer, novelist, cookbook author, and a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance. She was raised on her family’s farm in Filbert, South Carolina, and returned there in middle age after living in Maryland for many years. She published her first novel, Clover, in 1990. Her cookbook, Dori Sanders’ Country Cooking: Recipes and Stories from the Family Farm Stand, followed in 1995.  Sanders and her family still operate a roadside farm stand during the growing season, specializing in peaches. In a 2004 interview, Sanders said of her African-American heritage, “My father told us that the land once enslaved my people. He told us that it was important to gain ownership of that same land. ‘Land is forever,’ he said, ‘they’re not making more.’” She is the 2011 recipient of the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award.

Date of interview:
2010-05-31 00:00

Interviewer:
Dan Huntley, SFA Member

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