Netflix’s ‘Excessive on the Hog’ Will Discover Black Foodways in America

With regards to 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 all over the place, Harris — who holds extra awards and accomplishments than one can match right into a single sentence — is bringing her trove of data to a brand new Netflix unique present referred to as High on the Hog: How African American Delicacies Reworked America, that may debut on Might 26.

The docu-series, tailored from one in all Harris’ many books, this one of many similar identify, is “half culinary present, half travelogue,” in response to a press launch. The present will likely 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 usually, meals and journey reveals 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 usually core to who eats what, and why. This present, it appears, is dedicated to telling the total and unadulterated story of “America’s deep-rooted historical past of slavery, and the influence on American meals as we all know it immediately.”

Excessive on the Hog will supply a historical past lesson from one in all this nation’s most interesting historians, and one in all its most revered meals journalists, and guarantees to untangle and unpack these subjects over lovely West African stews, soul meals, barbecue, and tremendous 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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