The Charleston Carolina Club and The University of North Carolina General Alumni Association are proud to present an afternoon with author Marcie Cohen Ferris at Blue Bicycle Books in downtown Charleston on Sunday, June 14, from 3-5 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served; cash bar available. The cost to attend is $10; complimentary for GAA members. The store will have copies of her latest book, The Edible South: Food and History in an American Region, available for purchase.
Marcie Cohen Ferris directs the Southern studies concentration in UNC’s department of American Studies where her teaching and research interests include the American Jewish experience and the foodways and culture of the American South. She is former president of the board of directors of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Her first book Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South was nominated for a 2006 James Beard Foundation Award. Her current book, The Edible South: Food and History in an American Region (UNC Press 2014) examines the expressive power of food from the plantation South to the renaissance of local food economies in the contemporary South.
In The Edible South, Marcie Cohen Ferris presents food as a new way to chronicle the American South’s larger history. Ferris tells a richly illustrated story of southern food and the struggles of whites, blacks, Native Americans and other people of the region to control the nourishment of their bodies and minds, livelihoods, lands and citizenship. The experience of food serves as an evocative lens onto colonial settlements and antebellum plantations, New South cities and Civil Rights-era lunch counters, chronic hunger and agricultural reform, counterculture communes and iconic restaurants as Ferris reveals how food – as cuisine and as commodity – has expressed and shaped southern identity to the present day.
Blue Bicycle Books is located at 420 King Street, Charleston. Please click here to RSVP.