Certainly, there is beauty inherent in the diaspora, in being a part of a family with roots that stretch across countries and continents. But there is also loss.
I think about food as a sort of genealogy, an act that remembers loved ones and keeps communities alive.
“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.”
When I think back on the weeks following that tragedy, I remember the casseroles.
From Teacakes to Tamales features more than 100 culturally diverse recipes, handed down from grandparent to grandchild, along with black-and-white photographs and nostalgic stories centering on these family dishes.
Poet TJ Jarrett delivered her poem “Thanksgiving” at our 2016 Summer Foodways Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee.
It wasn’t a recipe for creamed corn; it was her corn, made by her hands.
In the new episode of Gravy, Besha Rodell brings us a reflection on the cultural context of Cracker Barrel, and what it taught her about both the region and her family.
Growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, I didn’t know anyone who didn’t eat meat.