Meet Kathy Starr of Southern Foodways Alliance

Meet one of the founders of SFA and preserver of Southern food culture.


My name is Cathleen Star. I'm from Snellville, Georgia. My mother made sure that I understood about food. What was important is coming together as a family, sharing in meals. But children today need to understand how important family is. Sitting down family style, sharing with each other. And when you get the opportunity to sit down as a family, talk as a family, discuss what went on during the day, truly I feel that is in itself what makes children a lot better off. You know, even though fruit don't fall too far from it's tree. The only thing that we have left is someone like SFA, to carry on the history. And that bit of art that will truly be lost. Because it's hard to get children to sit down today, and just really learn the old food ways. The foods that I would choose to tell a story about the region would be foods that we truly enjoy. In Mississippi, we had hard scrabble heritages coming up during the years, you know, during the time of my grandmothers days. That would have been about 120 years ago. But what was most important is that you'd learn how to make your own food good. You had to learn how to take little things and make them really tasty. And then, certainly, there were things that we would have at home that we didn't even have to buy. We served our meals like wild greens, you could go out and pick those. You could pick poke salad. We were poor, so we had to learn how to make do with what we had. But nothing would beat a good pot of, of greens and cornbread. And it just don't take very much to do that, but the love that comes with it is what really matters at the end of the day. [BLANK_AUDIO]
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