A very special episode of Radio Cherry Bombe takes place at Heritage Radio Network with guest host Klancy Miller. Joining Klancy is Jessica B. Harris and Sara Franklin to talk about the lasting effects of Edna Lewis on Southern cuisine.
According to Heritage Radio Network, there’s perhaps no greater expert on the food and foodways of the African Diaspora than Doctor Jessica B. Harris. She is the author of twelve critically acclaimed cookbooks documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora including Iron Pots and Wooden Spoons: Africa’s Gifts to New World Cooking, Sky Juice and Flying Fish Traditional Caribbean Cooking, The Welcome Table: African American Heritage Cooking, The Africa Cookbook: Tastes of a Continent, Beyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food from the Atlantic Rim. Harris also conceptualized and organized The Black Family Reunion Cook Book. Her most recent book, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, was the International Association for Culinary Professionals 2012 prize winner for culinary history.
In her more than three decades as a journalist, Dr. Harris has written book reviews, theater reviews, travel, feature, and beauty articles too numerous to note. She has lectured on African-American food and culture at numerous institutions throughout the United States and Abroad and has written extensively about the culture of Africa in the Americas, particularly the foodways. In the most recent edition of the Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, author John Mariani cites Harris as the ranking expert on African American Foodways in the country. An award winning journalist, Harris has also written in numerous national and international publications ranging from Essence to German Vogue. She’s a contributing editor at Saveur and drinks columnist and contributing editor at Martha’s Vineyard magazine. In 2012, she began a monthly radio show on Heritage Radio Network, My Welcome Table, that focuses on Food. Travel, Music, and Memoir.
Mashama Bailey is a New York City girl – born in the Bronx and raised in Queens. Her maternal roots hail from Waynesboro, GA and as a result Mashama attended grammar school in Savannah at Charles Ellis and spent many summers at her grandmother’s in Waynesboro. Mashama learned to cook at the hands of the women in her family with grandmothers, aunts and her mom giving her the best kind of education – a real world one. She attended ICE to round out that education and has studied in France and travelled far for food. She spent a dozen years cooking throughout New York City the last four of which were at Prune on Manhattan’s Lower East Side under the tutelage of her friend and mentor, Gabrielle Hamilton. Mashama surrounds herself with family, friends and food and she is a firm believer in the old adage that you learn something new every day.
Sara Franklin is a writer, oral historian, and food studies scholar. She is the editor and commissioner of the upcoming book Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original, a volume of original essays about the celebrated Southern food chef and cookbook author. The essays, written by both food-world stars and family members, explore personal memories of Lewis as well as her cultural legacy. Jessica B. Harris called the book “as close to meeting Miss Edna as one can get.” Before pursuing her PhD in Food Studies at New York University, Sarah worked as a full time farmer, a restaurant reviewer, and sustainable agriculture policy advocate. She currently teaches courses on food culture and writing at NYU’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study and via the NYU Prison Education Initiative at Wallkill Correctional Facility.