Southern Foodways Alliance

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The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.

Based at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, we share oral histories, produce films and podcasts, publish great writing, sponsor scholarship, mentor students, and stage events that serve as progressive and inclusive catalysts for the greater South.

Donations from generous individuals, foundations, and companies fund our good work.


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161 Pieces

Gravy is the SFA’s collection of original stories—fresh, unexpected, and thought-provoking. Like all of the SFA’s work, Gravy shares stories of the changing American South through the foods we eat.


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Derby Pie is a Kentucky staple. But the nut-and-chocolate-filled dessert has also been a source of controversy, one that has Kentuckians laying cla...

Bought by KVLU, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WBHM, and WABE

  • Added: Feb 27, 2015
  • Length: 20:48
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Farmer and Veteran Mike Lewis, Credit: Photo courtesy of
There are more military veterans in the South than any other part of the United States. This region has also been losing farmers at an astonishing ...

Bought by WMMT, KVLU, WMMT, and WBHM

  • Added: Feb 12, 2015
  • Length: 23:33
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Toni Tipton Martin making hot rolls.
There’s a whole lot more than recipes in Toni Tipton Martin’s cookbook collection… It contains a surprising culinary history of African Americans i...

Bought by KVLU, WBHM, WABE, and PRX Remix

  • Added: Jan 29, 2015
  • Length: 22:28
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Nikiko Masumoto, who shares the story of what her family ate while in internment camps during WWII.
Many of the stories we hear and tell about food are positive—food’s power to nourish, to comfort, to bring people together. But it also has the pot...

Bought by KVLU, WBHM, and PRX Remix

  • Added: Jan 15, 2015
  • Length: 23:18
  • Purchases: 3
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Fred’s Lounge in Mamou, Louisiana, is a dancing and drinking destination… on Saturday mornings only. That’s the one time of the week it’s open. For...

Bought by KVLU and WBHM

  • Added: Jan 02, 2015
  • Length: 27:17
  • Purchases: 2
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Apalachicola Bay in Florida has been renowned for its oysters for generations. But, in the fall of 2012, the oyster population in the Bay collapsed...

Bought by KVLU and WBHM

  • Added: Dec 18, 2014
  • Length: 28:29
  • Purchases: 2
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In cities and towns across the South, an increasing number of the folks offering up latte art and high-end pourover brewing are devout Christians. ...

Bought by KVLU, KVLU, WBHM, and WABE

  • Added: Dec 05, 2014
  • Length: 26:59
  • Purchases: 4
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For Thanksgiving, a Native American story… but not the one you’re imagining. No Pilgrims here. For the Lumbee Indians in North Carolina, the holida...

Bought by KVSC, KZYX, WNCW, WFHB, KIDE Hoopa Tribal Radio 91.3fm and more

  • Added: Nov 21, 2014
  • Length: 24:21
  • Purchases: 18