Soul Food Scholar: Adrian Miller Shares a Rich Recipe at the Virtual Potluck 7/24
For our Virtual Potluck July 24th at 7PM, Adrian Miller will be joining us to share a delicious recipe you can make at home! Adrian Miller is an award-winning writer and food historian who writes about soul food and it’s connections throughout American history.
Miller received an A.B. in International Relations from Stanford University in 1991, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1995. Miller previously served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton with his Initiative for One America—the first free-standing office in the White House to address issues of racial, religious, and ethnic reconciliation. Miller also served as a senior policy analyst for Colorado governor Bill Ritter Jr. In addition, Miller has been a board member of the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Miller’s first book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time won the James Beard Foundation Award for Scholarship and Reference in 2014. His second book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas was published on President's Day, 2017. It was a finalist for a 2018 NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Literary Work—Non-Fiction," and the 2018 Colorado Book Award for History.
Currently, Miller is the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches. He is also working on a new book called Black Smoke on Black American barbecue culture so look out for when that comes out and make sure to check out his other books as well!
Having talked to Adrian Miller myself, I appreciate his dedication to documenting the culinary achievements of Black Americans. Miller seeks to voice the truths of African and Black American food history and does it in such a powerful way. In an interview, Miller said, "I have gravitated toward food because I think food is a very powerful tool for reconciling issues...Food disarms people. It makes them more comfortable and creates a space to build relationships and get to know each other so that you can then go on to talk about the really tough things". This is powerful. Miller and all of us alike seek to build relationships and this is our hope for the Virtual Potluck; food can help us connect to each other and unite to create positive changes within our lives and in our communities.
Come join us at the Virtual Potluck on July 24th to hear more from Adrian Miller and the reconciliatory powers of food. He will be sharing a recipe you will not want to miss!