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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114 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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Gravy dives into bootlegging, clubbing, and a legendary Alabama Black Belt festival: the Footwash in Uniontown.

  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 18:49
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Alabama’s Black Belt has always been a place of migration: the site of both forced and elective movement. Meet three women whose very different pat...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 21:52
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A coon hunter and a dove hunter take us into the woods and onto the field to illuminate one of the Alabama Black Belt’s most popular pursuits.

  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 19:20
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Visit Thomas and Tommie Taylor of T-N-T BBQ in York and Martha Hawkins of Martha’s Place in Montgomery for a modern look at Black entrepreneurship ...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 20:25
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A contemporary look at Alabama's Black Belt land and its stewards: often younger generations, newly returned to family land.

  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 21:28
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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