Author event with John T. Edge
Tue, Jun 06 6:30 pm
Parnassus Books welcomes John T. Edge author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food history of the Modern South in conversation with Margaret Renkle. John T. Edge has devoted his career to the study of Southern food and culture. He has served as director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi since its founding in 1999, and now Edge has written the book he was born to write: The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South, an absorbing examination of food, race, and politics in the South over the last half century. Beginning with the pivotal role of cooks in the Civil Rights movement, Edge narrates the South’s journey from racist backwater to a hotbed of American immigration. In so doing, he traces how the food of the poorest Southerners has become the signature trend of modern American haute cuisine. This is a people’s history of the modern South told through the lens of food.