Southern Foodways Alliance

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The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.

Based at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, we share oral histories, produce films and podcasts, publish great writing, sponsor scholarship, mentor students, and stage events that serve as progressive and inclusive catalysts for the greater South.

Donations from generous individuals, foundations, and companies fund our good work.

Series

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109 Pieces

Gravy is the SFA’s collection of original stories—fresh, unexpected, and thought-provoking. Like all of the SFA’s work, Gravy shares stories of the changing American South through the foods we eat.


Pieces

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Follow pastrami, the signature dish of the Jewish-American delicatessen, to the Olde Tyme Deli in Jackson, Mississippi.

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 24:48
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The story of the West African diaspora in the American South is the story of the Transatlantic slave trade. But one of its staple foods, black-eyed...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 23:42
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Horchata, a refreshing drink originally made from tiger nuts, made its way to present-day Texas and Mexico via the Islamic conquest of Spain and th...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 24:25
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Pasteles mean Christmas to many Puerto Ricans, both on and off the island. Why is this beloved, labor-intensive dish popping up at plate sales in s...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 24:03
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For nearly a century and a half, Louisianans have migrated to the San Francisco Bay area. If there's a portal between these two worlds, it's built ...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 25:07
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Gravy travels in search of the mithai—or sweet—life of North Carolina’s Indian American community.

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 25:20
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Hear the origin story of the Cuban sandwich, and learn how it influenced the current identity of Floridian Cuban Americans.

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 24:24
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In Arkansas, one popular restaurant owner has married his love of his hometown—Damascus, Syria—with his love of his present home in Little Rock.

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 22:55
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Despite Houston's great diversity, Indonesian immigrants have struggled to make their food recognizable and understood in the city’s dining community.

  • Added: Aug 24, 2021
  • Length: 25:33
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Atlanta, Georgia, is home to one of the country’s largest Ethiopian communities. Immigrants brought their families, their traditions, and their foo...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2021
  • Length: 23:42