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Bringing Racial Justice To The Table

Courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection
Hoeing Young Cotton between 1865 and 1895 - albumen stereograph photoprints mounted on board by Samuel Tobias Blessing.

This episode of Louisiana Eats! examines African-American culinary life and culture in slavery times and today. Historic New Orleans Collection curator Erin Greenwald gives us a private tour of Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808–1865, an exhibit that examines the domestic slave trade in America. Solomon Northup, the free man of color who wrote the memoir "Twelve Years A Slave," comes to life with some amazing documents that shed light on his true story.

Then, food activist and author Bryant Terry discusses the inspiration behind his new book, "Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, & Southern Flavors Remixed." Bryant draws from soul food and others from the African Diaspora, interpreting them in new, fresh and healthy ways.

We also visit the "Taste of Dillard Cook-Off," an event recently revived at Dillard University though the Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture.

Finally, we revisit an interview with Dr. Rudy Lombard, author of "Creole Feast: 15 Master Chefs of New Orleans Reveal Their Secrets," the first cookbook to celebrate the African-American chefs of New Orleans who played a vital role in shaping our cuisine.

Poppy is the host and executive producer of the weekly show, Louisiana Eats! Food personality, culinary teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table.