AMERICAN FOOD HISTORY
Definitive American food history narratives are presented in the book by Jessica B. Harris as well as in the video series by Stephen Satterfield based on the book.
The titles of both are High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America. This blog post focuses on this phenomenon.
JESSICA B. HARRIS American culinary historian, professor, cookbook author and journalist
STEPHEN SATTERFIELD African-American food writer, producer, and media entrepreneur.
THE VIDEO: High on the Hog
Video of American Food History, High on the Hog
FOOD HISTORY FAVORITES
Actually, I have several favorite anecdotes from the ‘High on the Hog’ story. The yam versus sweet potatoes story is one of them. In fact, yams and sweet potatoes are not the same.
In fact, yams do not even grow in this country. They grow in Africa. On the other hand, the US is home to sweet potatoes. So if you see something in the US named yams, it is not from the US.
The food history narrative reflects the music narrative in Rumble, the history of 20th Century American Music. Both bring fascinating insight into the cultures of American music and food history.
TRACING MORE AMERICAN CULTURAL HISTORY
Tracing the slave trade to America reflects additional cultural history. It is actually the transformation of African American food to American food.
This adds to the rich musical history of America. It is detailed in the blog post, RUMBLE in a previous post.
Video of American Music History, Rumble