American cuisine

Netflix releases trailer for African-American cooking series ‘High on the Hog’


Netflix has released the trailer for an original cooking series titled High on the Pork: How African American Cuisine Transformed America, based on a popular book of the same name by food historian Dr. Jessica b harris.

According to a press release, the series takes viewers on a culinary journey that ventures from Africa to the deep south. The immersive four-part documentary series – part cooking show, part travelogue – follows a food writer Stephen satterfield as he meets the leaders, historians and activists who carry on centuries-old traditions. On West African stews, soul food, barbecue and gastronomy, the series, produced by the Oscar winner Roger ross williams, reveals a vast and eclectic culinary history shaped by slavery, the Civil War, June 17 and today. It is the story of black America’s resilience, enduring creativity, and vital contribution to American cuisine.

Satterfield “embarks on a vibrant and powerful culinary journey alongside chefs, historians and activists who celebrate the courage, artistry and ingenuity of the African American people.”

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The show is “a story of black America’s resilience, enduring creativity, and vital contribution to American cuisine.” Check out the trailer below.

When asked why there hadn’t been a show like this before, Williams replied that it boiled down to one simple reason: “Racism.”

“Hollywood films have perpetuated racist ideas from Birth of a Nation to Green Book. It’s the same in the music industry where black people did not control or own their own music. In the culinary world. Blacks were also excluded. They weren’t recognized, ”he said. “Their food was not considered fancy. But those days are over. There is a momentous change in the world. We are aware of all the contributions of blacks, including in food. And as Blacks are now recognized by the culinary world, slowly but surely there is a lot more ground to cover. Are we only scratching the surface of these stories? “

Producer Karris Jaegger said Satterfield is the right person to help tell these stories because “he knows a lot of people in the food scene and is well respected.”

“We had coffee with him in Los Angeles and people were literally calling him as they passed. He has something that draws you to him, like a sparkle in his eyes. But above all, it was a gentle soul that this piece needed, “Satterfield There were tough questions and topics we were bringing up and we wanted someone who had knowledge and sensitivity. This sweetness is also accompanied by a powerful presence. He is also a huge fan of Jessica and keeps the work going, she began.

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“Stephen is brilliant in so many ways because he’s a chef, sommelier, food blogger and journalist,” Willians said. “He’s also young and dynamic and has his finger on what’s going on in the food industry right now. And it was really important that the show was directed by someone traveling. Like every black person in America, he is on a journey to find out who he is. He makes his accounts with the past and with our place in America. He had many deep emotional experiences in making this series, starting with Africa throughout. Texas. As black people, we are all on our way to facing our pain, our struggle, our triumphs and our successes. “

Executive producer Fabienne Tobak hopes viewers are both inspired and enlightened by the series.

“When they eat a bite of macaroni and cheese or a piece of fried chicken, they know where it’s coming from,” Tobak said. “It brings context to the history of food and the resilience, art and impact that African Americans have had on American cuisine. Food is a great connector, the more people can come together and break bread, the more we can celebrate our commonalities as opposed to our differences.

High on the Pork: How African American Cuisine Transformed America, debuts May 26.

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