When you sit down for a meat and three in Montgomery, Alabama, say at the Davis Café, you choose from the menu and you get one plate all for you, but at a Korean table in Montgomery – or anywhere – your plates are all shared. And there are many of them. Meat and six or seven, you might say.
My little tiptoe trips to Montgomery opened up a new world to me—and brought me face-to-face with one of my greatest fears.
Pihakis Foodways Documentary Fellow Ava Lowrey will screen two films at the 19th annual Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.
Change comes in many forms. During the spring in Alabama it sometimes comes from the horizon, a funnel-shaped cloud descended from the gray-slabbed sky.
My parents left Alabama, the place. They made good lives in Detroit. But they never left Alabama, the ideal.
“Fourth of July dinner isn’t much different now than it was in 1962, when there was nothing green on the table but those Homer Laughlin plates.”
Nowruz, or Persian New Year, is an annual secular festival timed to the spring equinox. Feasts served over thirteen days in March celebrate rebirth, renewal, and the rewarding complexities of life.
From souvlaki to hot dogs, baklava to snapper throats, and barbecue to meat-and-threes, the South and Greece intertwine in Alabama.
Would you call meatloaf, sandwiched with sautéed spinach and a fried egg, “soul food”? Or would you call okra, served as a side to soy-glazed grouper, “soul food”?