One of my favorite food scholars, Elizabeth Engelhardt, is heading up to the rugged mountains of western North Carolina to speak at UNC Asheville.
Her lecture is titled “In Praise of the Edges: Southern Food Studies from Appalachia to Texas”
I’m betting the edges she speaks of is in reference to those glorious crispy brown edges that surround a pone of cornbread when it’s been freshly tilted out of a hot cast iron pan.
As you may know, Engelhardt is an authority on southern (and Texas) foodways having written A Mess of Greens: Southern Gender and Southern Food as well as Republic of Barbecue: Stories Beyond the Brisket.
Your library is a naked sham if it does not include these two volumes.
I was fortunate enough to see Ms. Engelhardt speak here in Austin last fall and she delivered a masterful lecture titled “Race, Class and Gender in Tomatoes, Biscuits, and Greens”
When this gal speaks, you’d do well to listen.
If you go:
Thursday, Feb. 27th 2014
UNC Asheville Karpen Hall