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The Potlikker Papers by John T. Edge
February 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In his most recent book, food scholar John T. Edge grapples with Southern history through the narratives of chefs and farmers. Washington figures prominently in the fascinating chronicle, which Edge discusses at this appearance (free), but the book leaves one question unsettled: Is Washington a Southern-food town? We asked him to weigh in.
“To name something ‘Southern’ doesn’t convey a lot of meaning these days. I think to call DC a Southern-food town is a simplistic label for a complex place. If you mean a place where the dominant dish is fried chicken and collard greens and cornbread, by that older and perhaps more traditionalist definition, DC might not be best understood as a Southern-food town. But if you think of a newer definition of what Southern food is, wherein Vietnamese Cajun crawfish is as much a Southern dish as is that plate of fried chicken and collard greens, then yes, DC is a town that a Southerner could embrace.”
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