Thirty years ago, my hometown of Smithfield, North Carolina, launched what the Washington Post later called “A War In the Hamlets.” On the line were rights to the title “Ham Capital of the World.”
We document the stories and people behind the food so that those stories aren’t lost amid the hype.
Here are our top five posts from 2015, and why we’re glad you liked them.
For author Monique Truong, food played a central role in forging a new identity as an childhood refugee in the South.
Author Jack Pendarvis looks at the legacy of television cook and humorist Justin Wilson as an outsider who made his name wearing a mask of Southern (Cajun) identity.
Team SFA wishes your and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving, wherever and however you celebrate.
Each year, we’re honored and eager to hear what folks took away from our Southern Foodways Symposium (besides a Pappy Meal to-go lunch).
The half-dozen jars look like something out of Willy Wonka’s laboratory, had Willy Wonka gone country.
In SFA’s year of pop culture, Phila Hach easily fit the bill as our 2015 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame.