John T. Edge in Conversation with Brett Anderson: The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

Thursday, May 25th

6-7:30PM

Join us with John T. Edge in conversation, Brett Anderson. Afterward, John signs his book, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.

A people's history that reveals how Southerners shaped American culinary identity and how race relations impacted Southern food culture over six revolutionary decades. 


Like great provincial dishes around the world, potlikker is a salvage food. During the antebellum era, slave owners ate the greens from the pot and set aside the leftover potlikker broth for the enslaved, unaware that the broth, not the greens, was nutrient rich. After slavery, potlikker sustained the working poor, both black and white. In the South of today, potlikker has taken on new meanings as chefs have reclaimed it. Potlikker is a quintessential Southern dish, and The Potlikker Papers is a people's history of the modern South, told through its food. Beginning with the pivotal role cooks and waiters played in the civil rights movement, noted authority John T. Edge narrates the South's fitful journey from a hive of racism to a hotbed of American immigration. He shows why working-class Southern food has become a vital driver of contemporary American cuisine.

This book is available in hardcover ($28.00).

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.

Event date: 

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70130