Hybrid Book Launch | Appalachia on the Table: Erica Abrams Locklear in conversation with John Fleer

Image shows headshots of Erica Abrams Locklear and John Fleer next to the front cover of Locklear’s book.

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Appalachia on the Table argues, in part, that since the conception of Appalachia as a distinctly different region from the rest of the South and the United States, the foods associated with the region and its people have often been used to socially categorize and stigmatize mountain people. Rather than investigate the actual foods consumed in Appalachia, Locklear instead focuses on the representations of foods consumed, implied moral judgments about those foods, and how those judgments shape reader perceptions of those depicted. The question at the core of Locklear's analysis asks, How did the dominant culinary narrative of the region come into existence and what consequences has that narrative had for people in the mountains?

Erica Abrams Locklear is a professor of English and the Thomas Howerton Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of North Carolina Asheville. She is the author of Appalachia on the Table: Representing Mountain Food and People (forthcoming April, 2023 from University of Georgia Press) and Negotiating a Perilous Empowerment: Appalachian Women’s Literacies (Ohio University Press). She is a seventh-generation Western North Carolinian who loves good food, books, and conversation. 
At the helm of vibrant downtown Asheville, North Carolina restaurant,Rhubarb, Owner and Chef John Fleer presents a dining experience focused on the refined tastes of fresh, uncomplicated food and the power of company shared around the table. His freestyle American cuisine highlights bounty procured from Asheville’s surrounding farmers and producers, and each plate on the ever-evolving menu reflects Chef Fleer’s ability to transform seasonal local ingredients into a world-class dish.A native of Winston-Salem, NC, John Fleer was named one of the “Rising Stars of the 21st Century" by the James Beard Foundation and is a five-time finalist for the James Beard "Best Chef: Southeast" award, as well as a 2020 semifinalist for the James Beard “Outstanding Chef” award.

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Appalachia on the Table: Representing Mountain Food and People By Erica Abrams Locklear Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820363394
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Georgia Press - April 15th, 2023

Negotiating a Perilous Empowerment: Appalachian Women’s Literacies (Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia) By Erica Abrams Locklear, Erica Abrams Locklear Cover Image
ISBN: 9780821419663
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ohio University Press - November 19th, 2011

SKU: x672389