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“High on the Hog” shows how African-American cuisine has shaped the United States | LOOK

High on the Hog: How African-American Cuisine Transformed America. Episode 1, “The Rice Kingdom”. vs. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021

*Black culture will never be erased with a documentary series like this! According to their press release, netflix takes you on a journey to discover how African-American cuisine shaped America in “High on the Hog: How African-American cuisine transformed America,which is adapted from food historian Jessica B. Harris’ book of the same name.

The four-episode show will follow the chef and food writer Stephen Satterfieldwho is the host of the series, as he travels from Africa to Texas to meet leaders, historians and activists who continue to carry on centuries-old traditions.

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Directed by the Oscar winner Roger Ross Williams, sources say Sattersfield will learn black history about West African stews, soul food, barbecue and gastronomy, as the series will reveal a culinary history shaped by slavery, the Civil War, Juneteenth and today. EUR correspondent Ty Cole spoke to Harris and Sattersfield about the show, a staple that should be in every African-American restaurant, and the importance of learning uncomfortable truths about our history.

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High on the Hog: How African-American Cuisine Transformed America. Episode 1, “Our Roots”. (LR) Pictured: Dr Jessica B. Harris and Stephen Satterfield. vs. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021

Cole: What’s a staple – besides hot sauce – that should be in every African-American restaurant?

Harris: Besides the hot sauce, you need a good pie or cobbler on the dessert menu.

COLLAR : How can the black community continue to keep our roots and history alive?

Sattersfield: The series aims to generate excitement and excitement among younger generations who may have lost our traditions. As we continue to bring the oral knowledge of our family lineage and fuse it with popular culture, we will be able to learn and bring inspiration into homes.

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High on the Hog: How African-American Cuisine Transformed America. Episode 1, “Our Roots”. vs. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021

COLLAR : How important is it for us to know the uncomfortable truths of black history?

Sattersfield: Something that paves the way for reconciling intellectual and emotional conflict is our own personal journey. Whether it’s through our family trees, our food history or the purchase of “High On The Hog”, I believe that closeness to our history allows us to arrive at a place of purifying confrontation as we have in series.

Grab your notepads because class will be in session on May 26 when “High On The Hog” makes its world debut on Netflix.