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Monday night, my students and I had the opportunity to talk food, foodways, and food ethnography with Kevin Gillespie and Joey Ward at Gunshow in Atlanta.
Kevin and Joey told two stories, seemingly about the two versions of banana pudding they prepared that night. In truth, though, the stories each brought into focus the power food has to evoke empathy and memory across time and cultures, bringing together people who seem to share no context whatsoever but who, through food, find that their disparate experiences resonate for each other in very meaningful ways.
Thanks, Kevin and Joey, for your generosity, your graciousness, and your willingness to engage in these conversations with us as we begin to think through the issues and questions that have compelled you both down the paths you have chosen!