John T. Edge & Tunde Wey

John T. Edge, founding director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi, has served as an Oxford American columnist since 1998. In the spring of 2017, Penguin will publish his next book, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.

Tunde Wey is a writer and cook based in Detroit and New Orleans. Find information on his restaurant projects at

June 03, 2016

When attacks on my beliefs and stances occur, they come from the right. Or from someone who has a score to settle. But here came Tunde, without personal malice, and with great charm, saying things that made me supremely uncomfortable, making it clear that he saw me as a kind of colonial force, appropriating black cultural processes and products.