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Hillbilly Elegy: Appalachian Food

The resource guide for the 2017-18 Common Experience book selection, J.D. Vance's "Hillbilly Elegy"

Appalachian Food

Appalachian Food

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Recipes that Tell a Story

The following articles contain Appalachian recipes, but they also offer an array of stories about history, culture, and identity.

Appalachian foods: Defining generations
by Mary Casey-Sturk

Italian Food in Appalachia?
by Ray Access


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Food for Thought

BGSU's Dr. Lucy Long has quite the experience when it comes to food and culture. Her extensive knowledge on how people communicate, learn, and share experiences through food have helped create new perspectives on the power of connecting through culinary means. Dr. Long is also an accomplished musician who has roots in Appalachia. Take a look at a few of the many works and activities that may help further your knowledge of food, culture, and the Appalachians.

Researcher finds life revolves around food, which connects us to one another

by Rose Russell