Searching our Soul Food; & The Rich, Complex Lives of Enslaved Cooks—3.24.18


We spoke with authors, historians, and culinary aficionados, Kelley Fanto Deetz and Adrian Miller about enslaved chefs, soul food, and the African American cooks who served every president since George Washington. And we chatted with Cullen Patrick Wade about Charlottesville’s 2nd annual Nine Pillars Hip Hop Festival.


Kelley Fanto Deetz is an archaeological historian and author of “Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine.” We spoke about the rich and complex lives of enslaved plantation cooks, the myths, the realities, and their role in plantation culture.

Adrian Miller is a James Beard award-winning author of  Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine One Plate at a Time” and “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet.” We learned there’s more to soul food than meets the fork and we heard fascinating anecdotes about the cooks of past presidents.

Cullen Patrick Wade (aka Fellowman) filled us in on Charlottesville’s Nine Pillars Cultural Hiphop Festival, 2018 and a lesson on the importance of hip hop art.

l to r: Adrian Miller, Kelley Fanto Deetz, Cullen Patrick Wade



Kelley Deetz
Book: “Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine

Adrian Miller
Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine One Plate at a Time
“The President’s Kitchen Cabinet”

Cullen Patrick Wade

Nine Pillars Hip Hop Cultural Fest

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