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The Book Tour Through the Lens of Food

Rhubarb Punch, this and other recipes below

In doing research for my book Hog and Hominy http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-14638-8/hog-and-hominy/tableOfContents I came across the noted writer Langston Hughes account of a book tour he did in the U. S. in the 1930s and 1940s.  Jim Crow laws barred African Americans travelers from segregated hotels. As result black authors like Hughes on book tours had to stay where they could. Many consulted resources like the Negro Motorist Green Book to fine hotels, motels, or private homes were they could spend the night. Hughes recalls lodging eating on one of his book tours. "Southerners are great ones for hospitality. Warm and amiable and friendly as" they are, says Hughes, "I was nevertheless almost killed by entertainment, drowned by punch, gorged on food, and worn out with handshaking.” Here are punch recipes that fit with this story.

WPA Writing on New York City Foodways

Cooking From Your Garden, Smothered Shrimp over Fried Green Tomatoes