The Sobering Origins Of Southern Food May Change What You Put On Your Plate

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Biscuits. Fried chicken. Hoppin’ John. Sweet potatoes. Okra. The staples of Southern fare extend far beyond this list, but they all have a few things in common. They’re delicious, and they’ve stood the test of time. But they also share a dark history that not many people know – until now.

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As Kelly Alexander of Indy Week wrote in 2019, it’s not just those in the South who love the food. She explained, “Southern cuisine is beloved beyond the Mason-Dixon, not just because mason jars are cute and fried chicken is delicious, but because our way of cooking is flexible and inclusive.”

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