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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

Jean Anderson


Jean Anderson, born in 1929, was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was interested in food and cooking from a young age. Anderson channeled her interests into a nutrition degree at Cornell University. After college, she took a job as an assistant home demonstration agent in Iredell County, North Carolina in 1951. Those years were a formative part of her career. After working with North Carolina Home Extension, Anderson was accepted to the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After she graduated, Anderson earned a Pulitzer scholarship and spent a year traveling and reporting in Europe.

Anderson’s journalism career focused on food and travel. She became an assistant food editor at Ladies’ Home Journal. She was a founding editor of Venture, a travel magazine. She was also a contributing editor to Family Circle. While at Family Circle, her experience as a home demonstration agent inspired a column about the regional foodways of America. Out of that came The Grassroots Cookbook (1974), profiling female home cooks and American regional recipes. Anderson has written over twenty cookbooks, including A Love Affair With Southern Cooking (2007).

Interviewer:
Jean Anderson

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Photo courtesy of Jean Anderson

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