SOURCE: New York Times
Black New Orleans Chefs Rewrite a Whitewashed, Tourist-Driven Culinary Narrative
A group of chefs is working to highlight the role of African-descended people, including enslaved Black people, creoles, and Haitian migrants, in creating the city's cuisine; food scholar Zella Palmer emphasizes that culinary ability and knowledge was among the skills targeted by traffickers who brought west Africans to New Orleans.
SOURCE: ABC News
Janice Longone, Chronicler of American Food Traditions
Longone's recovery of cookbooks from immigrant and ethnic communities highlighted both diversity in American food culture and the labor of women in organizing it.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
The Media Needs to Acknowledge the African American History in Barbecue
by Adrian Miller
As industry has reduced the labor intensity of barbecue and the media has made culinary celebrities, contemporary white chefs have supplanted the African American pitmasters who were once considered indispensable to the art.
SOURCE: Bitter Southerner
Who Owns Uncle Ben?
by Shane Mitchell
"Why would anyone preserve a crop, no matter how flavorful and aromatic, with such a disturbing heritage?" Shane Mitchell examines why.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Food Network Says it’s Dedicated to Teaching. But it Never Let Me Say ‘Slavery’ on Air
"You will not be shocked to learn that the reasons foods travel are often unsavory: enslavement, conquest, climate change and war."
SOURCE: The Cap Times
'The love was in the food': Culinary historian Michael Twitty leads chefs to Africa
In his TED Talk and elsewhere, Twitty likes to say, “race is the illusion, food is the reality,” and there’s “no such thing as food without politics.”
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