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Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original

Sara B. Franklin


Edna Lewis (1916-2006) wrote some of America's most resonant, lyrical, and significant cookbooks, including the now classic The Taste of Country Cooking. Lewis cooked and wrote as a means to explore her memories of childhood on a farm in Freetown, Virginia, a community first founded by black families freed from slavery. With such observations as "we would gather wild honey from the hollow of oak trees to go with the hot biscuits and pick wild strawberries to go with the heavy cream," she commemorated the seasonal richness of southern food. After living many years in New York City, where she be ... More

Keywords: Edna Lewis, cookbook, African American foodways, American food, South, southern food, farm-to-table, foodways, woman chef, regional cooking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469638553
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638553.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara B. Franklin, editor
New York University

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Sara B. Franklin

Part One Encountering Miss Lewis

What Is Southern?

Jane Lear


Joe Yonan

A Message from My Muse

Toni Tipton-Martin

Lunch with Miss Lewis

Deborah Madison

On Edna Lewis

Alice Waters

How to Talk about Miss Lewis?

Caroline Randall Williams

Part Two Miss Lewis Standing in Culinary History

Eu Tenho um Pé na Cozinha

Scott Alves Barton

Edna Lewis

Megan Elias

Looking for Edna

Patricia E. Clark

Part Three At Table with Miss Lewis Today

Building an Appetite

Annemarie Ahearn

The Wisdom in the Pages

Vivian Howard


Ruth Lewis Smith and Nina Williams-Mbengue