New Read

There’s a great new site to find interesting stories. It’s called Medium and I just posted a short essay that came about from Paula Deen.  It mulls over the character of southern food and how its most distinctive recipes were  pulled from the spines of slaves. It is important to recognize that our food heritage was forged by Indians, Chicano, Chinese, people whose early culinary influence are embedded deep in our culture.  Much like the southern heritage Ms. Deen’s enormous success is built upon, their input is re-appropriated for our day’s fashions.

Here’s the link:  I hope you enjoy it and while you’re there wander around the great writing on almost any topic you can think of.

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pat willard

Grew up in Philadelphia. Live in Brooklyn. Written four books best described as about memory and cultural history, food and some pretty good recipes. Works in progress may be viewed at

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