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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

Jessica B. Harris


Jessica B. Harris is the author of eight books documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora. In addition to her cookbook, Beyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food from the Atlantic Rim, her previous works include The Africa CookbookThe Welcome TableSky Juice and Flying FishA Kwanzaa KeepsakeTasting Brazil, and Iron Pots & Wooden Spoons.

She has lectured on African American foodways at the Museum of Natural History in New York City, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and at numerous institutions and colleges throughout the United States and abroad. She teaches at Queens College in New York City and—hopefully—at the University of Mississippi.

In 2004, Harris was awarded the Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award.

Date of interview:
2005-12-28 00:00

Interviewer:
Damian Mosley, Friend of SFA & Glory Foods Scholarship Winner

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