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Food historian, author speaking at Magnolia event

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Noted cookbook author and food historian Dr. Jessica B. Harris will explore Africa’s connection with the Lowcountry street vendor during a Feb. 16 lecture sponsored by Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World at the College of Charleston.

Cart-pushing vendors through Charleston’s streets were once as much a part of the city’s cultural landscape as the single house is to the city’s architectural history, said Harris, an English professor at Queens College, City University of New York.

Charleston’s Street Vendors - Their Wares and Their Ways is the topic of Harris’ 4 p.m. lecture in the Stern Center ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Before Harris’ lecture at the college of Charleston, she will speak at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in Murrells Inlet at Brookgreen Garden as part of the garden’s lecture series to highlight the influence of Gullah Geechee culture to the rice heritage of America. Go to www.brookgreen.org/calendar_feb.html.

Harris has written 12 critically acclaimed cookbooks that document the foods and foodways of the African diaspora. Her most recent book, “High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America,” was the International Association for Culinary Professionals 2012 prize winner for culinary history.

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