This weekly digest is curated by the teaching team of Food in American Culture (AMST 375 – Spring 2016), and appears in student inboxes every Friday. The chosen media represent current examples of food writing that showcase voices of American foodways and feed off the themes we discuss in class. And maybe, they’ll help inspire a growing community of food geeks at UNC! (To suggest a featured story, email by Thursday.)

This list was sent out Friday, March 25.

They fed the civil rights movement. Now are black-owned barbecue joints dying?
by Jim Shahin – Washington Post, Feb. 22, 2016

When Chefs Become Famous Cooking Other People’s Food
The Sporkful – NPR, March 22, 2016
This is a great 20-minute listen–perfect for a car ride to wherever you may be going this weekend.

Julia Child Marathon to Stream on Twitch as Gaming Site Widens Focus
by Nick Winfield – New York Times, March 15, 2016
“Twitch plans to stream all 201 episodes of “The French Chef” after the success of a streaming session featuring the landscape painter Bob Ross.”

Garden and Gut
by Matt Hartman – The Awl, March 9, 2016
The consumption of the New South.

Please Stop Writing Racist Restaurant Reviews
by Serena Dai – Eater, March 23, 2016
“Stereotypes and misperceptions about food matter, because distaste for a people’s food is a tangible way to express distaste for the people themselves.”

Will the Restaurant Industry Survive Stricter Immigration Screening?
by Amy McCarthy – Eater, March 4, 2016
How one popular campaign proposal could affect undocumented workers.