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John T. Edge on defining Southern food

John T. Edge

Producer's note: Join Leoneda Inge and Jeff Tiberii for “Due South Live!” Friday, June 14, 7:30pm at Motorco Music Hall in Durham. We'll be talking about Southern food with Chef Ricky Moore from Saltbox Seafood Joint, Mike D of Mike D’s BBQ and Bill Smith, famed chef from Crook’s Corner. Tickets and details.

The Southern Foodways Alliance has tirelessly documented and explored the diverse food cultures of the American South. Founding director John T. Edge puts it this way – “I think food is as important to understanding the culture of the South as is literature, as is music.” He joins Leoneda Inge to talk Southern food.


John T. Edge, founding director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, author of “The Potlikker Papers – A Food History of the Modern South” and host of the television show “True South”

Leoneda Inge is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.
Erin Keever is the Executive Producer of WUNC’s daily radio show, Due South. Erin comes to WUNC from Charlotte where she spent 16 years at WFAE serving in various roles from on-air announcer, researcher, web editor, to finally senior producer of “Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins.”