Eat Your Words
Grits: A Cultural and Culinary Journey Through the South
Today, Cathy is joined on the phone by Erin Byers Murray, a Nashville-based food writer and recipient of the Les Dames d'Escoffier MFK Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing, whose latest book is all about Grits. Erin shares how she came to the topic, after having lived away from the South, where she was born, for much of her life. She wanted to explore the changing culinary culture of the South and found grits to be a rich topic that is held very near and dear to many Southerners. Hear Erin talk about the history of grits, from Native American traditions to the role that women have always played in bringing it to the table. And hear about how the production of grits has been industrialized, changing the flavor and nuances of grits, but you can find many newer, artisanal grain mills producing heritage corn grits today.
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