The author talks about the long history of pork barbecue, different sauces in different parts of the State, pig pickins, early barbecue restaurants, and the Lexington Barbecue Festival, which draws one hundred thousand people each October.
The author talks about the four black men who performed the sit-in at Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, which led to six months of lunch counter protests across the South and the end of racial segregation in restaurants.
The author talks about so much food we have grown in North Carolina for centuries is from Africa and other places. With new North Carolinians from other countries, new foodways and culinary choices are available.
The author talks about the many types of apples found in North Carolina and their different uses. Many old time or ‘heirloom’ apples have disappeared; but apple historians are finding examples and bringing them back into production. There is a place that is has an heirloom apple collection open to the public called ‘Horne Creek Living Historical Farm’ located in Pinnacle, NC, north of Winston-Salem.
The author talks about the creation of the CMA (Colored Merchants Association) in Winston-Salem, NC, which tried to help the small black independent grocery stores to compete with Chain Stores by using group buying power to match the lower prices the Chain Stores. It worked for a while until the Depression closed many stores.
Shortages , Substitutes, and Salt: Food during the Civil War in North Carolina
The author talks of the suffering and hardships from the lack of food in North Carolina during the Civil War. He uses Civil War letters to demonstrate the lack of food for the soldiers.
The author gives the history of such foods as corn, popcorn, peanuts, potatoes, molasses, pigeons, ketchup, opossum, mustard greens and chocolate. She talks about how our North Carolina ancestors ate seasonal food.
The author talks of learning to read old writing when the writer writes his words as they sound. Reading historical records can be much like breaking a code. An example of entries from a 1795 journal from western North Carolina is given to translate.