Gravy shares stories of the changing American South through the foods we eat. Gravy showcases a South that is constantly evolving, accommodating new immigrants, adopting new traditions, and lovingly maintaining old ones. It uses food as a means to explore all of that, to dig into lesser-known corners of the region, complicate stereotypes, document new dynamics, and give voice to the unsung folk who grow, cook, and serve our daily meals.
"Drill," by Atsuro Riley
"Eating a Muffaletta in Des Moines," by Brian Spears. Featured in Vinegar & Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. University of Georgia Press, 2018.
"Because Men Do What They Want to Do," by TJ Jarrett
"Because Men Do What They Want To Do," by TJ Jarrett. Featured in Vinegar & Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. University of Georgia Press, 2018.
The Holy Trinity: From the Bayou to the Bay
Nearly every cuisine has its own flavor base. In Louisiana, this technique has become doctrine. The Holy Trinity, a base of finely chopped and sautéed onion, celery, and green bell pepper, is the starting point for jambalaya, gumbo, and étouffée. So iconic have these dishes become that the Trinity manifests whenever Louisianans have migrated. In this episode, we find the Holy Trinity in Oakland, California—an unexpected hub for chefs with Louisiana roots.
Puerto Rican Pasteles: Unwrapping the Diaspora
Pasteles mean Christmas to many Puerto Ricans, both on and off the island. Why is this beloved, labor-intensive dish popping up at plate sales in suburban Orlando—and what does climate change have to do with this phenomenon?
Horchata: An Ancient Drink that Crossed the Globe
Horchata, a refreshing drink originally made from tiger nuts, made its way to present-day Texas and Mexico via the Islamic conquest of Spain and the Spanish conquest of the Americas. How do indigenous populations reckon with colonialism in their diets?
A Pea for the Past, A Pea for the Future
The story of the West African diaspora in the American South is the story of the Transatlantic slave trade. But one of its staple foods, black-eyed peas, can be read as a symbol of resilience and hope.
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Great topic just a little aside issue no big deal
Topic very interesting and well researched , interesting research on food and changed in Americans sizes .
Aside: the “music “ in the background became overwhelming and took over the audio at points hard to listen in ear buds
Love Gravy !
Love getting a little gravy poured in my ear
This show does an excellent job of teaching me important information while talking about one of my favorite subjects, food