Food is a common thread amongst our friends. We often talk about the food and how it relates to many parts of our lives. We have conversations about the food culture, traditions, and trends. We also often discuss where our food comes from. And explore how food continues to shift communities and influence lives. We also listen and learn about food insecurities in many parts of the world, including ours. We are consumers in more ways than one. Now there’s a new podcast to add to your list.

If you’re a food lover like us, you may be also interested in tuning into GRAVY, the podcast that’s been named the “Publication of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation.

GRAVY tells stories of the changing American South through the foods we eat. Think global domination of KFC and the story of Annie Fisher, the beaten biscuit queen of Mid-Missouri. Also, the story on the Black history of sweet potatoes and what egg rolls mean to the evolution of a small town in Texas.

This podcast showcases a South that is constantly evolving, accommodating new immigrants, adopting new traditions, and lovingly maintaining old ones. It uses food as a means to explore all of that—to dig into lesser-known corners of the region, complicate stereotypes, document new dynamics, and give voice to the unsung folk who grow, cook, and serve our daily meals.

New episodes will launch beginning August 16 (bi-weekly on Wednesdays)  and will include…

  • An exploration into how KFC became one of the most popular restaurant chains in China, and what its global dominance reveals about other huge Southern firms.
  • Take a journey to the Blessing of the Fleet – a festival to bless local commercial shrimp and fishing boats – hosted by the seafood capital of Alabama, Bayou La Batre.
  • A deep dive into what’s underneath our food by examining the history of baking clay into utilitarian – and beautiful – plates and bowls.

GRAVY is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.