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'Food, Culture and Place,' Public Discussion of Foodways in South


Members of the community are welcome to attend as a panel of authors, journalists and scholars is discussing food and Southern culture. The University of Georgia Press and the Southern Foodways Alliance are hosting Food, Culture and Place.

Author and journalist Andre Gallant is one of the panelists taking part in the event.

“I think oftentimes when the great public thinks of food, they’re immediately thinking of recipes or cooking shows,” Gallant said. “But in a journalistic or academic sense, foodways are a way of understanding our place in culture through what we eat and how we produce food.”

Gallant is the author of A High Low Tide: The Revival Of A Southern Oyster. The book focuses on Georgia’s wild oystermen and the rise of aquaculture.

“I feel like it describes a foodways being reborn, revived. We often think of foodways in a historic sense, like how Georgia became a peach producer or a peanut producer or how formerly enslaved people influenced our agricultural practices. But the work of establishing and furthering and expanding foodways happens every day.”

He’s joined by Sara Camp Milam, Julian Rankin and Thomas Ward.

The public discussion is taking place Friday, October 5,  from 10:30 to 12 noon at the Russell Special Collections Libraries.