The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

Marriott Conference Center A

Saturday, 12:30-1:15

Potlikker is a quintessential Southern dish, and The Potlikker Papers is a people's history of the modern South, told through its food. Beginning with the pivotal role cooks and waiters played in the civil rights movement, noted authority John T. Edge narrates the South's fitful journey from a hive of racism to a hotbed of American immigration. He shows why working-class Southern food has become a vital driver of contemporary American cuisine.


John T. Edge

John T. Edge directs the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. He is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun and a columnist for the Oxford American. In 2012, he won the James Beard Foundation’s M. F. K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. Edge has written or edited more than a dozen books. He has served as the culinary curator for the weekend edition of NPR’s All Things Considered and written the “United Tastes” column for The New York Times. Edge lives in Oxford, Miss., with his son, Jess, and his wife, Blair Hobbs. Follow him on Twitter @johntedge, on Instagram @johntedge or on the Web at


Julia Bainbridge

Julia Bainbridge is the food editor of Atlanta magazine and a James Beard Award–nominated writer who has worked for Bon Appétit and Condé Nast Traveler. She's also the host and creator of The Lonely Hour, a podcast about loneliness that’s not a bummer.