The SFA Take: The South’s Diverse Foodways

Monks eating their lunch at the temple in Morganton, NC. Photo by Katy Clune.
Monks eating their lunch at the temple in Morganton, NC. Photo by Katy Clune.

Our last SFA Take parsed out the politics of cultural preservation and defined SFA’s aim to document, rather than preserve, the South’s foodways. Those foodways are diverse and dynamic—they include far more than collard greens and cornbread.

SFA devotes significant time and resources to collecting those diverse stories and sharing them across all our platforms. We hope to dispel the myth of a single Southern cuisine and, more broadly, a single Southern culture.

Take some time to celebrate the diverse South with us by learning, with these resources, how migration and immigration give ever more depth and richness to our region’s foodways.

Oral History

Atlanta’s Buford Highway

Biloxi’s Shrimping Communities

Bluegrass and Birria

Chinese Grocers

Delta Lebanese

Greeks in Birmingham

Houston’s Underbelly

Lives and Loaves of New Orleans

Lumbee Indians of North Carolina

Minorcans of St. Augustine

Tampa Devil Crabs

Tidewater Yock

Women at Work: Richmond


Chi Mai

Croatian Pusharatas

FAD: The Ambassador of Experience

Hominy & Fry Bread


Lawrence of Atlanta

Little Kurdistan

Phat Tai

South Meets South

The Bright Star

Un Buen Carnicero

Viet Cajun


A Trailer, A Temple, A Feast: Making Laos in North Carolina

Adaptation, Survival, Gratitude: A Lumbee Thanksgiving Story

Dinner at the Patel Motel

Halo Halo: Growing up “Mix Mix,” Filipino in the American South

Hip Hop to Bibimbap: The Atlanta of Christiane Lauterbach

Mexican-ish: How Arkansas Came to Love Cheese Dip

South by South of the Border Soul Food

Sweet, Salty, Bitter, Sour: The Emotional Life of Eating

Tamales for the Derby

The Cajun Reconnection

The Last Jews of Natchez

The Pull of Pollo: How the Chicken Industry Transformed One Arkansas Town

Gravy Articles

“Creole Schnitzel” by Phil McCausland

“Eating with Miss Donna” by Von Diaz

“Fulani Journey” by William Boyle

“La Fonda” by Abigail Greenbaum

“Learning the Love the Strip-Mall South” by John T Edge

“Mexico and the South” by Gustavo Arellano

“Sombreros Over the South” by Gustavo Arellano

“Tasting Laos in the North Carolina Mountains” by Katy Clune

Blog Posts

Farmworker Awareness Week (series)

Where Credit Is Due (series)

Tackling Tomatoland

What We’re Reading: Flavors From Home

What We’re Reading: Senegal


The Global South: 13th Southern Foodways Symposium