John T. Edge

 Civil Rights activists sit in protest at Woolworth’s lunch counter in Durham, North Carolina, February 10, 1960.
Courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina / State Archives of North Carolina

The South has a rich and varied food history, but too often it's reduced to stereotype. On this week's show, we explore the influence of the South on America’s culinary identity, and the central role African-American and immigrant cooks played in its formation. 

T-shirts worn by Lost Cat Hot Tamale Company vendors in Greenville, Mississippi
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On this week’s show, we travel to Greenville, Mississippi for their annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival

 

We begin by speaking with author Julia Reed, who participates as the festival’s official Pizzazz Consultant. Julia’s writing has graced the pages of NewsweekThe Wall Street Journal, Vogue Magazine and Garden and Gun. She shares memories of the very first Hot Tamale Festival and the significance of the hot tamale in the Mississippi Delta.

On this week's Louisiana Eats, we're talking about the American food truck phenomenon on a national and local level. Writer John T. Edge will speak about his new book, Truck Food Cookbook. And then we'll discuss the different food truck scenes in New Orleans and Baton Rouge by speaking with two different food truck operators.