The Rosenbach Podcast: Episode 18

Rosenbach Test Kitchen: The Fourth Course.  A Conversation about Foodways Research and American History with Professor Psyche Williams-Forson, Author of Eating While Black: Food Shaming and Race in America. 

Following the crowning of the Rosenbach Test Kitchen winner, Associate Curator and host of The Rosenbach Podcast Dr. Alexander L. Ames sits down with acclaimed foodways scholar Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson for a conversation about how historians and other scholars make use of libraries, archives, museum collections, and other primary sources in their research.  Williams-Forson takes listeners behind the scenes into the American historian’s work and shares insights from her books, including Eating While Black: Food Shaming and Race in America (UNC Press 2022), Taking Food Public: Redefining Food in a Changing World (Routledge 2013), and the award-winning Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power (UNC Press 2006).  Doctors Ames and Williams-Forson discuss the importance of libraries, museums, and archives to modern-day American civic life, and the value of spending time with primary sources like those housed at the Rosenbach Museum & Library today. This episode is the perfect after-dinner treat, following up on key issues raised in Rosenbach Test Kitchen. 


Professor and foodways scholar Dr. Psyche William-Forson. Photo courtesy of Psyche Williams-Forson.