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Southern food scholar partnering with Triangle restaurants for book release

John T. Edge, the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, has written “The Potlikker Papers.”
John T. Edge, the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, has written “The Potlikker Papers.” Jason Thrasher

John T. Edge, the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, is continuing to garner advance praise for his new book that explores the history of food in the modern South, and he’ll be in the Triangle this month to chat about it.

The Potlikker Papers” will be released this week and has been named one of the best summer books of 2017 by Publishers Weekly.

Edge will partner with Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh; Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, with an introduction by Andrea Reusing of Lantern; and Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill for book signings.

In the book, Edge examines how food has evolved in the South, from the black cooks and maids of the civil rights movement to the “South’s fitful journey from a hive of racism to a hotbed of American immigration,” according to the book’s official description.

He looks at significant moments in the South’s history and profiles people who played a role in defining the South’s cuisine, inlcuiding Edna Lewis, Fannie Lou Hamer and Sean Brock.

“He leaves no stone unturned as he examines how race, gender, class, immigration, and politics have all shaped our understanding of what Southern food is and means,” the description continues.

Edge has won numerous writing awards, including the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation. He is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun and a columnist for the Oxford American.

▪ Tuesday, May 30: 7 p.m. A conversation with Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner. Quail Ridge Books, 4209 Lassiter Mill Road, Suite 100, Raleigh.

▪ Wednesday, May 31: 7:30 p.m. Fullsteam Brewery with Regulator Bookshop, 726 Rigsbee Ave., Durham.

▪ Thursday, June 1: 7 p.m. With food from Crook’s Corner. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Chapel Hill.

For more on Edge and the book, go to johntedge.com/potlikker-papers.

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