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The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

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Author: Edge, John T.

Brand: Penguin Books

Edition: Illustrated

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 384

Details: Product Description “The one food book you must read this year."—Southern Living One of Christopher Kimball’s Six Favorite Books About FoodA people’s history that reveals how Southerners shaped American culinary identity and how race relations impacted Southern food culture over six revolutionary decades Like great provincial dishes around the world, potlikker is a salvage food. During the antebellum era, slave owners ate the greens from the pot and set aside the leftover potlikker broth for the enslaved, unaware that the broth, not the greens, was nutrient rich. After slavery, potlikker sustained the working poor, both black and white. In the South of today, potlikker has taken on new meanings as chefs have reclaimed it. Potlikker is a quintessential Southern dish, and  The Potlikker Papers is a people’s history of the modern South, told through its food. Beginning with the pivotal role cooks and waiters played in the civil rights movement, noted authority John T. Edge narrates the South’s fitful journey from a hive of racism to a hotbed of American immigration. He shows why working-class Southern food has become a vital driver of contemporary American cuisine.   Food access was a battleground issue during the 1950s and 1960s. Ownership of culinary traditions has remained a central contention on the long march toward equality.  The Potlikker Papers tracks pivotal moments in Southern history, from the back-to-the-land movement of the 1970s to the rise of fast and convenience foods modeled on rural staples. Edge narrates the gentrification that gained traction in the restaurants of the 1980s and the artisanal renaissance that began to reconnect farmers and cooks in the 1990s. He reports as a newer South came into focus in the 2000s and 2010s, enriched by the arrival of immigrants from Mexico to Vietnam and many points in between. Along the way, Edge profiles extraordinary figures in Southern food, including Fannie Lou Hamer, Colonel Sanders, Mahalia Jackson, Edna Lewis, Paul Prudhomme, Craig Claiborne, and Sean Brock.    Over the last three generations, wrenching changes have transformed the South.  The Potlikker Papers tells the story of that dynamism—and reveals how Southern food has become a shared culinary language for the nation. Review “Long one of the key voices in the discussion of Southern cuisine, Edge challenges the accepted narrative…  [and] watch[es] the momentum build until the South comes into its own.”— New York Times Book Review “Edge is an ecumenist when it comes to such culinary crises, and that’s what makes him so wonderful a surveyor of the last 50 years of southern history…Decade by decade, Edge shows that we aren’t just what we eat; we are where that food was grown, how it was cooked, who cooked it, and who all gets to eat it with us.” — The New Republic “To read “Potlikker” is to understand modern Southern history at a deeper level than you're used to. not just a history of Southern food; it also stands as a singularly important history of the South itself.” — The Bitter Southerner  “Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi, uses food as a lens to explore Southern identity, seeking to reconcile a legacy of slavery and Jim Crow with who claims the Southern table today.” — NPR “A panoramic mural of the South’s culinary heritage, illuminating the region’s troubled place at the American table and the unsung role of cooks in the quest for social justice.” — O, The Oprah Magazine “In dense detail, this book ranges fluently over the politics, drama and romance of Southern foodways.”— Nashville Scene “A legitimate coup. The book traces the culinary and social history of food in the American South—and doesn’t pull any punches about our country’s past or present.” — Paste “You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more complete take on the South’s complicated culinary legacy and its impact on the nation.” — Wine Enthusiast’s Favorite Books of 2017   “An insightfu

EAN: 9780143111016

Release Date: 06-02-2018

Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback