Visiting Guest Curator
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
at Old Salem Museums and Gardens
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America
Jessica B. Harris, Ph.D
Professor and Culinary Historian
Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
Marcie Cohen Ferris
American Studies Scholar
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America
The subtle smell of grease from chicken dinners long ago. The scent of cookies inside a cherished childhood cookie jar. Food, and the containers we use to cook it and keep it, are storehouses of memory that connect us to the past and to place. In this conversation, join visiting curator Simiyha Garrison and culinary historian, Jessica B. Harris as they explore the stories behind a Salem-made pottery chicken roaster and well-loved McCoy pottery cookie jar from Jessica's childhood. This episode will be moderated by culinary historian Marcie Cohen Ferris, PhD., author of The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region.
About the Presenters
Jessica B. Harris, PhD. is the author of twelve cookbooks documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora. She has been a professor of English in the SEEK Program at Queens College/C.U.N.Y. for almost five decades. She is a regular presenter at the annual Literary Festival in Oxford, England, a contributor to Garden & Gun, has been honored with many awards including a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Foodways Alliance and was inducted into the James Beard Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in the United States.
Simiyha Garrison is a North Carolina native and graduate of Winston-Salem State University. She holds a Master’s degree in Heritage Studies and Public History from the University of Minnesota. Her research explores and documents the intersection of women and Africana culture, history, and social movements, with emphasis on how cultural meaning and memory are