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Southern Craft Food Diversity

Challenging the Myth of a US Food Revival

By Kaitland M. Byrd

Published

May 25, 2021

Page count

192 pages

Series

Sociology of Diversity

ISBN

978-1529211429

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

May 25, 2021

Page count

192 pages

Series

Sociology of Diversity

ISBN

978-1529211412

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

May 25, 2021

Page count

192 pages

Series

Sociology of Diversity

ISBN

978-1529211443

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

May 25, 2021

Page count

192 pages

Series

Sociology of Diversity

ISBN

978-1529211443

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Southern Craft Food Diversity

Driven by consumers’ desire for slow and local food, craft breweries, traditional butchers, cheese makers and bakeries have been popping up across the US in the last twenty years. Typically urban and staffed predominantly by white middle class men, these industries are perceived as a departure from tradition and mainstream lifestyles. But this image obscures the diverse communities that have supported artisanal foods for centuries.

Using the oral histories of over 100 people, this book brings to light the voices, experiences, and histories of marginalized groups who keep Southern foodways alive. The larger than life stories of these individuals reveal the complex reality behind the movement and show how they are the backbone of the so-called "new explosion" of craft food.

"Although we may conceive of the American South through culinary stereotypes, Kaitland Byrd demonstrates how this view misleads. Examining the diversity of curing meats, winemaking, and fishing, Byrd powerfully argues that the South is a capacious kitchen." Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University

"Using oral histories of almost 100 individuals, Byrd offers a sociologically rich antidote to the whitewashed narrative of foodways in the South." David L. Brunsma, Virginia Tech

Kaitland M. Byrd is Lecturer in Sociology at Virginia Tech and a visiting scholar at the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan.

Introduction: Crafting Revisions from Southern Food Culture

Terroir in a Glass: The Rise of Southern Winemaking

Water and Waves: The Rebirth of Coastal Fishing Communities

Local Markets: Value- added Products at Farmers’ Markets

Smokehouses: The Art of Curing Meats

Beyond Popeye’s and KFC: The Whitewashing of Southern Food Restaurants

Conclusion: The Future of Southern Food