The Potlikker Papers
by John T. Edge
John T. Edge is one of America's sharpest thinkers on Southern food. As the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, he sets up Southern food as a cuisine that welcomes, honors, and ties together people of all races, politics , and walks of life -- which is not always easy. His newest book The Potlikker Papers is a history of the American South told through food. The book is full of surprises; among them the story of San Francisco hippies heading to the Deep South and setting up communal farms in the 1960s and 1970s. It was a movement that reconnected people to the land and led to innovations that nurture vegetarian and vegan lifestyles still today. Host Francis Lam talked with John T. Edge in detail about this "back to the land" hippie migration.