On Louisiana Eats! NOLA food icon Poppy Tooker takes us into Louisiana's wide open fields, deep waters, bustling markets, and busy kitchens. Poppy's people are carrying on the traditions of Louisiana's wholly local but universally celebrated food, from farm to table, and sometimes barroom! Poppy roams the State to find the folks whose inspiration and innovation are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future. Let's eat!
On this week’s show, we travel to Greenville, Mississippi for their annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival.
We begin by speaking with author Julia Reed, who participates as the festival’s official Pizzazz Consultant. Julia’s writing has graced the pages of Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue Magazine and Garden and Gun. She shares memories of the very first Hot Tamale Festival and the significance of the hot tamale in the Mississippi Delta.
Leading off the festival, Julia facilitates a conversation for the Literary/Culinary Mash-Up, featuring some of our favorite chefs and writers. Roy Blount, Jr., Calvin Trillin, and Chef Allison Vines-Rushing discuss stories about and around the Southern table.
We also meet several vendors involved in the hot tamale cook-off, including Larry Harmon, who welcomes us to his award-winning, family-run Hot Tamale Heaven.
After spending an afternoon sampling the many varieties of tamales, we meet one of the festival’s founders—a hot tamamma named Anne Martin, whose book offers a historical record of the distinctive culinary treat.
For more cultural context, we turn to John T. Edge, Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance. John T. shares his point of view on tamales and the South.
Hot tamales and they’re red hot…on this week’s Louisiana Eats!
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