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This weekly digest is curated by the teaching team (Dr. Marcie Cohen Ferris and TAs Victoria Bouloubasis and Shyra Peyton) of AMST 375: Food in American Culture (“Cooking Up a Storm”), and is circulated among students every Friday. Per Bouloubasis, “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.

A sample offering from the February 19 Food Digest:

Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird,’ Dies at 89
By William Grimes – New York Times, Feb. 19, 2016

Movies On The Radio: Best Food Films, With Picks From NC Chefs
WUNC State of Things – Jan. 27, 2016
A fun listen to prep for our Monday guests, local food documentary company Vittles Films.

Becoming Latifah
By Zaina Alsous – Sula Collective, Issue 5 Feb. 2016
Recent UNC graduate Zaina Alsous shares this short poem, which she says is “inspired by my maternal grandmother لطيفة who was forced to flee her home in Palestine in 1948 as a child and used her knowledge of the land to grow food that kept her family alive while living as refugees in Lebanon.”

Dora Charles Moves On From Paula Deen, and Makes It All About the Seasoning
By Kim Severson – New York Times, Aug. 31, 2015

His Paula Deen takedown went viral. But this food scholar isn’t done yet.
By Michaele Weissman – Washington Post, Feb. 16, 2016

Disparity of Life Spans of the Rich and the Poor Is Growing
By Sabrina Tavernise – New York Times, Feb. 12, 2016
Food access is at the heart of this disparity.

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