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Mtn. Talk: The Food We Eat, The Stories We Tell

Mtn. Talk: The Food We Eat, The Stories We Tell


Blue Ridge tacos, kimchi with soup beans and cornbread, family stories hiding in cookbook margins, African American mountain gardens—these are a few of the stories readers find in a new anthology from Ohio University Press.  “The Food We Eat, The Stories We Tell: Contemporary Appalachian tables” includes writings from diverse contributors, showing us that contemporary Appalachian tables and the stories they hold offer new ways into understanding past, present, and future American food practices. 

The book was edited by Elizabeth Engelhardt and Lora Smith, who joined WMMT’s Rachel Garringer by phone to talk about the project’s history and scope.  Plus, we’ll hear contributors Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Courtney Balestier, Emily Hilliard, and Robert Gipe reading excerpts from their chapters.

Music on this episode featured John Harrod with a tune called “Wild Hog in the Red Bresh” off of his album “Johnny Come Along.”  That album was released in 2018 by Appalshop’s own JuneAppal recordings.

This episode was recorded, edited, produced, and hosted by Rachel Garringer.




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