Southern food never ends. No matter how fancy, manipulated, or elevated it becomes, it’s an eternal story, and an eternal set of flavors, cooking styles—and history.
If you haven’t heard of John T. Edge, well, here’s your chance. As the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi, he’s one of the best-known scholars of Southern food and the Southern history that overlaps it.
His recent book The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South was just named the All-City read by the Nashville Public Library. Events will run for weeks as everybody digs into this history of food and the South.
This podcast has the typical long, slow podcast ramble before getting to the conversation, which begins at minute 8:23.
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