Blackbelt Voices
Blackbelt Voices
Feb 11, 2022
Black Food Culture: Dr. Ashanté M. Reese on her book, Black Food Matters
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We’re starting a new series of episodes about Black Food Culture, which is a very broad topic to tackle. It can be fun, but it is also deep. Ashante Reese, Ph.D. is a writer, teacher, and anthropologist who works at the intersection of critical food studies and Black geographies. Her latest book, “Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice, enters two conversations at once: one that concerns the persistent threats to Black life and another that concerns problems produced by the increasingly global and corporatized food system.”

Dr. Reese recommends some texts for our listeners who are interested in learning more about BlackFood studies. They include Building Houses out of Chicken Legs by Psyche A. Williams-Forson; and  Dethroning the Deceitful Porkchop, a collection of essays that basically interrogate the concept of soul food.

And for an even deeper dive, here are some of Reese's food-related recommended readings. 

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