My parents left Alabama, the place. They made good lives in Detroit. But they never left Alabama, the ideal.
I expected to miss Southern food in my new hometown. I did not expect to spy a funhouse version of it around every corner.
Lena Nozizwe takes us to two Los Angeles restaurants that offer narratives of both migration and the culture mixing ground of Southern California.
Pen Travis’s story begins and ends with farming in Mississippi, but there’s a whole lot in between.
Paul Fehribach, the chef and co-owner of the restaurant Big Jones in Chicago, wrote me a letter after returning home from the SFA Summer Symposium in Jackson, Mississippi.
This week, we’ve got a Southern boy who eats globally and a West Coast girl who cooks Southern food.
We’re pleased to announce that multimedia slideshows are now up for our Chicago Eats Oral History Project! If you haven’t yet had a chance, check them out on the project page. To give you a taste, here’s Rose DeShazer White, a native in Hollandale, Mississippi. Rose grew up eating caramel cake. Her mother baked caramel cakes on … Continued
All week we’ve been sharing stories from our Chicago Eats Oral History Project. On this week’s OKRACAST, meet Edna Stewart of Edna’s Restaurant in Chicago, IL. Edna Stewart’s parents were sharecroppers in Covington, Tennessee, until they moved to Chicago in 1936. Edna was born two years later. As a young woman, Edna went to nursing … Continued
Audrey Petty is the editor of High Rise Stories, the latest volume in McSweeney’s Voice of Witness oral history series. At our 2013 Southern Foodways Symposium, Petty spoke told us about the oral histories she conducted with former residents of Chicago’s now-demolished high-rise housing projects.