In the case of African foodways, and the huge diaspora from which these meals come, there are few individuals with as a lot experience as meals historian Dr. Jessica B. Harris. Fortunately for viewers in every single place, Harris — who holds extra awards and accomplishments than one can match right into a single sentence — is bringing her trove of information to a brand new Netflix unique present known as Excessive on the Hog: How African American Delicacies Reworked America, that can debut on Could 26.
The docu-series, tailored from considered one of Harris’ many books, this one of many identical identify, is “half culinary present, half travelogue,” in response to a press launch. The present can be hosted by Stephen Satterfield, the founding father of Whetstone, {a magazine} and media firm sharing tales of meals and its tradition throughout the globe. All through the four-episode collection, Satterfield “embarks on a vibrant and highly effective culinary journey alongside cooks, historians, and activists that commemorate the braveness, artistry, and resourcefulness of the African American individuals,” in response to the discharge.
Too typically, meals and journey exhibits fall again on the drained trope of Meals As Unifier, a really feel good idea, certain, however one which tends to erase and glaze over problems with racism, class disparity, and labor, which can be so typically core to who eats what, and why. This present, it appears, is dedicated to telling the complete and unadulterated story of “America’s deep-rooted historical past of slavery, and the influence on American meals as we all know it right this moment.”
Excessive on the Hog will provide a historical past lesson from considered one of this nation’s best historians, and considered one of its most revered meals journalists, and guarantees to untangle and unpack these matters over stunning West African stews, soul meals, barbecue, and high-quality eating meals. The present, directed by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams, is, the press launch says, “a narrative of Black America’s resilience, enduring creativity, and important contribution to America’s kitchen.” A month appears like a very long time to attend for a Netflix present, but when their previous work is any indication, Harris and Satterfield are certain to make the wait worthwhile.

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