Bringing Racial Justice To The Table – Louisiana Eats – It’s New Orleans

This episode of Louisiana Eats examines African American culinary life and culture in slavery times and today. Historic New Orleans Collection curator Erin Greenwald gives us a private tour of Purchased Lives New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808 1865, a 2015 exhibit that examined the domestic slave trade in America. Solomon Northup, the free man of color who wrote the memoir “Twelve Years A Slave” comes to life with some amazing documents that shed light on his true story. Then, food activist and author, Bryant Terry discusses the inspiration behind his book, “Afro Vegan Farm Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed.” Bryant draws from soul food and others from the African Diaspora, interpreting them in new, fresh and healthy ways. We also visit the “Taste of Dillard Cook Off,” an event recently revived at Dillard University though the Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture. Finally, we revisit an interview with Dr. Rudy Lombard, author of “Creole Feast 15 Master Chefs of New Orleans Reveal Their Secrets,” the first cookbook to celebrate the African American chefs of New Orleans who played a vital role in shaping our cuisine.