The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

A people's history of Southern food that reveals how the region came to be at the forefront of American culinary culture and how issues of race have shaped Southern cuisine over the last six decades THE POTLIKKER PAPERS tells the story of food and politics in the South over the last half century. Beginning with the pivotal role of cooks in the Civil Rights movement, noted a A people's history of Southern food that reveals how the region came to be at the forefront of American culinary cult...

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Title:The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South
Author:John T. Edge
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Genres:Food and Drink
ISBN:1524736198
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  • Joe
    Dec 05, 2017
    The biggest problem with this book is that its not what it claims to be. This may seem like a distinction without a difference, but it is not a "food history of the modern South". It's more of "a collection of essays on popular food fads and chefs in the South, arranged in chronologica...
  • Carolyn Fitzpatrick
    Aug 07, 2017
    A must read if you are interested in important chefs, restaurants, and food trends in the culinary history of the South. I actually preferred the first section, which covered the 1950s and 1960s. It talks about how home cooking fueled the Civil Rights Movement, while segregated restaur...
  • Darcie
    Jan 18, 2018
    Interesting topic (I'm a recent fan of potlikker and collard greens, not having grown up with either) but this book is hard to follow. ...
  • Jessica
    Jan 18, 2018
    I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I LOVED it. As Edge describes "potlikker" was the broth left after a pot of greens was cooked - the slave owners ate the greens, leaving the potlikker for the slaves - not knowing the potlikker was nutrient rich and the better product. T...
  • Frances Dowell
    Jul 06, 2017
    (3.75 stars) The Potlikker Papers is largely about the politics of food?who eats high on the hog, who eats low on the hog, who owns the hog and how that hog was raised. The first 180 pages alone are worth the price of admission, and I hope they spark a renewed interest in Civil Ri...
  • Jenny
    Jun 20, 2017
    I really enjoyed this historical take on Southern foodways which started with a discussion of race relations and the Civil Rights movement and ended with a description of the international melting pot of the modern South as reflected in its cuisine. This is truly a people's history tol...
  • Amber
    Jan 29, 2018
    Just like the flavors and textures of southern cooking are layered so is the history and breadth of the peoples who created this regional fare. Many food and historical movements such as vegetarian cookery, slow food and civil rights arose from the south. Hippies who settled communes a...
  • Matt
    Jul 08, 2017
    If you want to understand the south, you have to understand the effect food has on the south. I think John T. Edge is as good as anyone at conveying not only the culture of the south, but the important role food plays in southern culture. Overall, I think this is a great book. It reall...
  • Jennifer
    Jun 15, 2018
    While I've never drunk potlikker, I have soaked it up with cornbread. I've eaten collards and black eyed peas on New Year's (and many, many other days of the year), frequently over a bed of jalapeņo cheese grits. I prefer my strawberry shortcake over biscuits, will order fried green t...
  • Gina
    Jan 25, 2018
    It isn't that The Potlikker Papers is a bad book, but it also isn't a "Food History of the Modern South." It is a social, cultural, and political commentary onto which a few food trends and fads are loosely tied. That isn't a bad thing, necessarily. In truth, I found it well written wi...
  • Audrey
    Jun 27, 2018
    You should LISTEN to this book...John T. narrates, and his occasional laughs and saucy language made for a commute that dictated every food choice morning and evening for two weeks (pun intended because this man makes you hungry with every word). Even after 10 years in the South studyi...
  • Kate
    Nov 23, 2017
    The first half of this book was amazing. Tracing the food history of the southern United States, Edge uses food to examine much deeper societal themes - slavery, racism, segregation, and poverty - while revealing the trends which seem so new and hip today (eating organically, eating lo...
  • Fredrick Danysh
    Apr 02, 2017
    A semi-academic history of the Southern food culture. Many Southern chefs are profiled by there are no examples of recipes of the food of the South. Overall, the work provides some interesting views and would be good for anyone interested in the background of regional cooking. This was...
  • Kayle Barnes
    Sep 03, 2017
    Maybe it's because in 2017 it feels like understanding the South is key to understanding America, or because I grapple with the meaning of being black and woman and Southern and choosing to (mostly identify as the latter), or the fact that like jazz, I think Southern food is America's ...
  • Phoebe
    Jun 05, 2017
    2.5 stars. I feel guilty for settling on a rough, ungenerous rating for this book, because I did like it for many of its qualities. Solid, thorough history; documented research interspersed with personal interviews; a discussion of race, socioeconomics, immigration, etc; and overall a ...
  • Stephanie
    May 17, 2018
    History of southern food More than I ever thought there was to know about food in the south. Lots of interesting info but at times it read a bit like a textbook. ...
  • Phil
    Nov 17, 2017
    A very well written and engaging history of not only the food of the historic and modern south but also how slavery and civil rights are tied seamlessly with that food. The book starts with the description of the work environment for blacks in the early 20th century up to mid-centur...
  • Kelsey Shankle
    Mar 19, 2018
    Potlikker Papers is one of my favorite recent reads, especially in the non-fiction category. As a lover of food and history, this book takes an intriguing overview of not only the foods of the south, but its peoples. The honesty is refreshing, discussing certain foods' origins in sl...
  • Jesse
    Oct 09, 2017
    The first thing I ever read by Southern food scholar John T. Edge. A terrific work of non-fiction, chronicling the development of modern Southern cuisine from the civil rights movement to the present day. Food is inexorably linked with culture, and so is politics, and so is race, so by...
  • William Burruss
    Sep 09, 2017
    When someone looks at me I?m 100% white, but when I eat I am Soul Black, a mix of grits and cous-sous, Indian and American Indian. My enjoyment of food takes me to seafood and barbecue shacks, and to five star restaurants. What I like about this book is that I am living the New South...
  • Laura Bates
    Mar 31, 2018
    I would really give this book a 3.5 rating because parts of the book warrant only a 3. It's really 2 books, one that is focused and very informative and rates a 4. This is especially true of earlier sections in which he discusses the history of food in the civil rights era, up through ...
  • Dale Cousins
    Jul 21, 2017
    More of a social history spiced with food than a book on food illustrated by social history, I enjoyed the commentary of how Southern food had evolved in multiple directions over time. Be it New Orleans or Charleston or BBQ or Creole or Low Country, the cooks of the South have adapted ...
  • Jeri Rowe
    Apr 22, 2018
    We Southerners see our favorite foods like annual trips to the beach. We always remember them. I know I do. I must've been no more than 7 when I made my first two-hour trip with my parents from our home in Charleston to the northeast tip of South Carolina's Williamsburg County. But...
  • Greg Brozeit
    Sep 13, 2017
    Yesterday, the individual who occupies the American presidency referred to the nations of Africa, Central America and Haiti as "shitholes." A few things related to The Potlikker Papers came to mind as I considered the stupidity of the racist who now is responsible for leading this nati...
  • Matt
    May 16, 2018
    ?Potlikker? is the liquid left after boiling greens. In the antebellum south, the white family would eat the greens, while the black slaves who cooked the meal would be left with the potlikker ? which had absorbed most of the nutrients from the greens, a irony that fittingly titl...
  • Jamie
    Mar 04, 2018
    I REALLY enjoyed this book - a survey of Southern food from slavery to immigration. I was completely sucked into the stories, seeing how each successive generation took foods of the past and reinterpreted them, and even by more modern stories where immigrants from nations across the gl...
  • Ashley Gonzalez
    May 23, 2018
    Really interesting history, but a little dry. I think I would have enjoyed this more as a documentary rather than a book. ...
  • Richard
    Aug 30, 2017
    As far as I know, this is the first book proposing (much less exploring) links between Southern food, Southern culture, and Southern (and National) politics. John T. Edge set out on an ambitious task, obviously, and while not exhaustive, this is an excellent first exploration on the to...
  • Candice M.
    Jul 05, 2017
    While I was disappointed that the book was less about the history of Southern food--how it arrived; where it came from; who, when where it was developed; and the direction it was taking now--the rating is a reflection of how little I got out of the book. Mr. Edge's book is an ambitious...
  • itsjibra
    Apr 01, 2018
    This book was incredibly unenjoyable to read. Although I was initially intrigued and continued to love this narrative perspective of the South's identity through time as I was reading it, I wished that it was written in a different, more pleasing way instead of bogged down paragraphs. ...