On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we talk with historian Dr. Jessica Harris at The Historic New Orleans Collection. We discuss foodways, the African Diaspora’s influence on how we eat, her fascinating works and background, and much more.
Pictured above from left – Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show, Dr. Jessica Harris, and Amanda McFillen of The Historic New Orleans Collection.
NOLADrinks Show – 11-11-19 – Dr. Jessica Harris – African Diaspora and Foodways – Historic New Orleans Collection
We start things off acknowledging Veterans Day here in the US. We also let you know about this week’s and next week’s shows.
Then, we head over to The Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC), specifically, their terrific research facility on Chartres St. in the French Quarter. We welcome Dr. Jessica Harris for our featured interview.
Dr. Harris is an historian and author who often focuses on the African Diaspora and its influences on culinary practices, history, and culture. We discuss the topic of “foodways” and some concepts connected to the African influence on how and what we eat in the Western Hemisphere, the US, and in New Orleans. This includes discussion on how the history and realities of enslavement can often make getting to the real story more difficult.
Additionally, we discuss a bit about her interesting and diverse background. We touch on some of her influential publications as well as her relationship with the HNOC and some of the programming and events there with which she is involved.
Pictured above from left – Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show, Dr. Jessica B. Harris, and Amanda McFillen of The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Joining us as well for a bit is HNOC program manager, Amanda McFillen, who lets us know about this fine organization, their museums, and events.
Dr. Harris sticks around for “Another Shot with NOLADrinks” where we touch on a few more subjects including the importance of “markets” as not only a place to acquire goods and supplies, but also to transmit information and learn about culture.
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Cheers, You All!