I am of the unpopular opinion that no one owns cuisine. In spite of UNESCO decrees and loud cries from the lecture stand or pages of popular books, the fact remains: Food and ingredients travel with people. People share food. People love food. People want the recipes. Or at least the basic facts about how […]Read more "Cooking with Hurricane Irma, Part I: Tomatoes Breathing Fire: A Universal Sauce"
This is the longest post I’ve written in the nine years I’ve been blogging here. So be prepared! Grab a cup of coffee, sit in a comfortable spot, and enjoy. Then read the book for yourself. Florida’s almost-tropical summer heat reminds me of many places that used to be under the yoke of empire. Like […]Read more "Lizzie Collingham’s The Hungry [British] Empire"
Florida is a state where nearly everybody hails from another place. (1) And that idiosyncrasy makes the state an exciting social laboratory for curious (nosy?) people like me. One of the most intriguing questions right now, out there in the wide expanse of the world, is how people deal with “other people’s food.” (2) The […]Read more "Just a Few Pictures, and a Few Words"
Powered by the mythology that has grown up around Southern food over the last several years, many voices claim ownership, hurling harsh accusations of cultural appropriation, and silencing and shaming contrary opinions. The argument is not easy to prove, as it remains hampered by a lack of statistics, contemporary documentation, and clear evidence of outright […]Read more "A Juneteenth Commentary: Edna Lewis and the Myths Behind Southern Cooking"