Flavors Of The African Diaspora

On this week’s show, we speak with three James Beard Award-winners to
explore the history and culture of African American cooking and learn how
African flavors are inspiring new dishes today.

We begin with soul food scholar Adrian Miller, who describes his book,
Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, as love-letter to
African-American cooks. Since it was first published in 2013, the book has
gone on to receive numerous accolades and was awarded a James Beard for
reference and scholarship. Within its pages, Adrian presents a refreshing
look at one of America’s oldest and most mythologized cuisines. From mac
and cheese to red drink, he uncovers the history of soul food and what it
means for African American culture and identity.