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This week on Eat Your Words, host Talia Ralph gets into the meat and grits of Southern food with Francis Lam, Top Chef judge, food writer, and the editor of Cornbread Nation 7, an anthology of the best southern food writing in recent years. From its hazy geographic boundaries to the wealth and layering of cultures and tastes, the Southern United States is more than just a spot on the map. Lam -- himself a self-described honorary Southerner, hailing from New Jersey -- addresses some tough questions about the Dixie and its foodways. He also shares his own misguided preconceptions and stories about Southern hospitality. Is Virginia the south? Is Miami, Florida? Are you still Southern if you've lived in New York for the last 10 years? Yes, yes and yes, according to this expansive collection of writing. Curious? Craving some good quality barbecue talk? Tune in to this episode for more! This program was brought to you Edwards VA Ham.

"The idea of what it means to be Southern is in a lot of ways is the idea of what it means to be American - rightly or wrongly!" [05:00]

"I've intellectually come to realize you can't just broadly paint stereotypes of people and be comfortable with them. If you told me who I thought I would meet in Mississippi when I was 16, I'd be so embarrassed with what my 16 year self would say." [12:00]

"I think Southern food has become the national regional cuisine. We like the idea that it's a regional cuisine because it makes it seem more real. The fact that the South is perceived as being tradition minded feeds into that idea." [29:00]

--Francis Lam on Eat Your Words


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On today's episode of A Taste of the Past, host Linda Pelaccio talks about the huge craze that surrounds fried foods: fried chicken! The guest on today's show is Michael Twitty, culinary historian of African and African American foods. What makes each fried chicken dish so special? Learn more about the history behind fried chicken, it's many cultural influences, and what truly makes fried chicken the comfort food for so many. Also find out about Michael's latest project, The Cooking Gene, which aims to promote greater awareness of African American contributions to the development of Southern cuisine, promote community service and development, support the local economies of Southern communities and African American food producers, and encourage a dialogue that leads to racial reconciliation and healing in communities whose history and culture is a legacy of slavery and the slave trade. Lastly, Tonya Hopkins, The Food Griot, talks about Edna Lewis, and how she has inspired American cuisine today. Also listen to a recent panel at the New School, discussing Chef Edna Lewis at the link below. (http://youtu.be/J0A3Ba9OhtA) This program has been sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons

"When I make chicken, for me it's always a transformative, transcendent and ritual experience." [8:43]

"That's the thing that excites me. We just don't tell these stories enough." [22:35]

-- Michael Twitty on A Taste of the Past

"Griot means storyteller. I see the world through the lens of food, and therefore I am food storyteller, or the food griot. [25:10]"

-- Tonya Hopkins on A Taste of the Past


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This week on Eat Your Words, host Talia Ralph gets into the meat and grits of Southern food with Francis Lam, Top Chef judge, food writer, and the editor of Cornbread Nation 7, an anthology of the best southern food writing in recent years. From its hazy geographic boundaries to the wealth and layering of cultures and tastes, the Southern United States is more than just a spot on the map. Lam -- himself a self-described honorary Southerner, hailing from New Jersey -- addresses some tough questions about the Dixie and its foodways. He also shares his own misguided preconceptions and stories about Southern hospitality. Is Virginia the south? Is Miami, Florida? Are you still Southern if you've lived in New York for the last 10 years? Yes, yes and yes, according to this expansive collection of writing. Curious? Craving some good quality barbecue talk? Tune in to this episode for more! This program was brought to you by Edwards VA Ham.

"The idea of what it means to be Southern is in a lot of ways is the idea of what it means to be American - rightly or wrongly!" [05:00]

"I've intellectually come to realize you can't just broadly paint stereotypes of people and be comfortable with them. If you told me who I thought I would meet in Mississippi when I was 16, I'd be so embarrassed with what my 16 year self would say." [12:00]

"I think Southern food has become the national regional cuisine. We like the idea that it's a regional cuisine because it makes it seem more real. The fact that the South is perceived as being tradition minded feeds into that idea." [29:00]

--Francis Lam on Eat Your Words

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