Carolina Cooks, Carolina Eats is a new class and research project at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Department of American Studies that thematically explores the history and contemporary politics of food in five regions of North Carolina: the coast, eastern Carolina, the Piedmont, western Carolina, and a thematic landscape: the state’s borderlands.
This website showcases oral histories collected by students in spring 2015 alongside profiles on visiting speakers and rich research resources. Themes explored in our oral history collection are diverse, ranging from: southern history and culture (food and historical issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and place), environmentalism and sustainability, public health and nutrition, activism, immigration, globalism, gender and sexuality, and justice.
Our long-range goal is to create a publication on North Carolina foodways that features the powerful food voices of North Carolinians across the state.
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