Meet the Author: John T. Edge, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South
A Potlikking-Good Story: John T. Edge at Georgia Writers Museum
Eatonton, GA (July 12, 2020) – Georgia Writers Museum is excited to host John T. Edge, author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South, at our “bestselling” monthly Meet the Author series, on Saturday, August 1, at 2:00 p.m. Traditionally an in-person event, this event will bring John T. Edge to your living room – or kitchen, in this case – via Zoom, the virtual meeting platform. For more information and to RSVP, please the visit the ticket link at www.georgiawritersmuseum.com.
Inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2019, John T. Edge joins notable writers like Pat Conroy and Alice Walker, all having unique topics and styles. Edge delights in conversations about food. He has been director of the Southern Foodways Alliance since its founding in 1999 and is the winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation. A contributing editor to Garden & Gun, he also hosts the television show, TrueSouth.
John T. Edge is sharing his time and talents to help us continue to deliver programs as we work toward developing new ways for guests to experience our exhibits and programs in the future. This event is free; however, we ask you to consider joining John in supporting the museum by making a donation of $15.00 per household or single location group when you RSVP at www.georgiawritersmuseum.com.
NPR’s Publishers Weekly named Potlikker Papers best book of 2017, stating in its review that “In the South, Edge notes, food and eating intertwine inextricably with politics and social history, and he deftly traces these connections from the civil rights movement to today’s Southern eclectic cultural cuisine.” In O, The Oprah Magazine, his book is described as “A panoramic mural of the South’s culinary heritage, illuminating the region’s troubled place at the American table and the unsung role of cooks in the quest for social justice.” Southeastern Booksellers Association made The Potlikker Papers a 2017 “Okra Pick.”
Since it was published two years ago, we couldn’t have known how timely Edge’s integration of food and social history would become. “Amid the pandemic and staying at home more often, I think people are remembering traditional family recipes and the stories surrounding them. John’s work offers fascinating insight on those recipes that includes a social and political context in how they originated,” said Janet Kelhoffer, Program Committee Chair for Georgia Writers Museum.
Georgia Writers Museum is dedicated to inspiring today’s writers and readers, and celebrating Georgia’s literary heritage. The museum exhibits the life stories of Eatonton writers Alice Walker (The Color Purple), Flannery O’Connor (A Good Man is Hard to Find), and Joel Chandler Harris (Brer Rabbit Folktales). Currently closed to walk-in visitors, the museum is scheduling small group tours by appointment. Admission to the museum is free. Georgia Writers Museum relies on donations to bring you the quality programming and exhibits you enjoy. To learn more about our programs, donate, or become a member of Georgia Writers
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