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Title Dethroning the deceitful pork chop : rethinking African American foodways from slavery to Obama / edited by Jennifer Jensen Wallach ; foreword by Psyche Williams-Forson ; afterword by Rebecca Sharpless.

Publication Info. Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 2015.

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Description 1 online resource
Series Food and foodways
Food and foodways (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Foreword / Psyche Williams-Forson -- Introduction -- part I. Archives -- 1. Foodways and resistance: cassava, poison, and natural histories in the early Americas / Kelly Wisecup -- 2. Native American contributions to African American foodways: slavery, colonialism, and cuisine / Robert A. Gilmer -- 3. Black women's food writing and the archive of black women's history / Marcia Chatelain -- 4. A date with a dish: revisiting Freda De Knight's African American cuisine / Katharina Vester -- 5. What's the difference between soul food and Southern cooking? The classification of cookbooks in American libraries / Gretchen L. Hoffman -- part II. Representations -- 6. Creole cuisine as culinary border culture : reading recipes as testimonies of hybrid identity and cultural heritage / Christine Marks -- 7. Feast of the Mau Mau: Christianity, conjure, and the origins of soul food / Anthony J. Stanonis -- 8. The sassy black cook and the return of the magical negress : popular representations of black women's food work / Kimberly D. Nettles-Barcelón -- 9. Mighty matriarchs kill it with a skillet : critically reading popular representations of black womanhood and food / Jessica Kenyatta Walker -- 10. Looking through prism optics : toward an understanding of Michelle Obama's food reform / Lindsey R. Swindall -- part III. Politics -- 11. Theft, food labor, and culinary insurrection in the Virginia plantation yard / Christopher Farrish -- 12. Dethroning the deceitful pork chop : food reform at the Tuskegee Institute / Jennifer Jensen Wallach -- 13. Domestic restaurants, foreign tongues : performing African and eating American in the US civil rights era / Audrey Russek -- 14. Freedom's farms : activism and sustenance in rural Mississippi / Angela Jill Cooley -- 15. After forty acres : food security, urban agriculture, and black food citizenship / Vivian N. Halloran -- Afterword / Rebecca Sharpless.
Summary The fifteen essays collected in Dethroning the Deceitful Pork Chop utilize a wide variety of methodological perspectives to explore African American food expressions from slavery up through the present. The volume offers insights into a growing field beginning to reach maturity. The contributors demonstrate that throughout time black people have used food practices as a means of overtly resisting white oppression--through techniques like poison, theft, deception, and magic--or more subtly as a way of asserting humanity and ingenuity, revealing both cultural continuity and improvisational finesse. Collectively, the authors complicate generalizations that conflate African American food culture with southern-derived soul food and challenge the tenacious hold that stereotypical black cooks like Aunt Jemima and the depersonalized Mammy have on the American imagination. They survey the abundant but still understudied archives of black food history and establish an ongoing research agenda that should animate American food culture scholarship for years to come.
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Subject African Americans -- Food.
Food habits -- United States.
Food preferences -- United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Wallach, Jennifer Jensen, 1974- editor.
Williams-Forson, Psyche A., writer of foreword.
Sharpless, Rebecca, writer of afterword.
Other Form: Print version: Dethroning the deceitful pork chop. Fayetteville : The University of Arkansas Press, 2015 1557286795 (DLC) 2015938420 (OCoLC)908991265
ISBN 9781610755689 (electronic bk.)
1610755685 (electronic bk.)