On Louisiana Eats! NOLA food icon Poppy Tooker takes us into Louisiana's wide open fields, deep waters, bustling markets, and busy kitchens. Poppy's people are carrying on the traditions of Louisiana's wholly local but universally celebrated food, from farm to table, and sometimes barroom! Poppy roams the State to find the folks whose inspiration and innovation are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future. Let's eat!
This episode of Louisiana Eats! examines African-American culinary life and culture in slavery times and today. Historic New Orleans Collection curator Erin Greenwald gives us a private tour of Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808–1865, a 2015 exhibit that examined the domestic slave trade in America. Solomon Northup, the free man of color who wrote the memoir "Twelve Years A Slave" comes to life with some amazing documents that shed light on his true story.
Then, food activist and author, Bryant Terry discusses the inspiration behind his book, "Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, & Southern Flavors Remixed." Bryant draws from soul food and others from the African Diaspora, interpreting them in new, fresh and healthy ways.
We also visit the "Taste of Dillard Cook-Off," an event recently revived at Dillard University though the Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture.
Finally, we revisit an interview with Dr. Rudy Lombard, author of "Creole Feast: 15 Master Chefs of New Orleans Reveal Their Secrets," the first cookbook to celebrate the African-American chefs of New Orleans who played a vital role in shaping our cuisine.