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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

John Egerton


John Egerton is the author of Southern Food: At Home, On the Road, In History. He has lived—and eaten—all over the South, and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. His articles on food and a variety of other subjects have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, and many other publications.

Egerton is one of our region’s greatest chroniclers. His book Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Working in the broad field of Southern letters, Egerton has defined a modern understanding of the import of foodways. He is the founding cornerstone of the Southern Foodways Alliance and was the recipient of the Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.

Date of interview:
2005-01-24 00:00

Interviewer:
Angie Mosier, SFA Board Member

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