With the help of our amazing board of advisors and scholars, we dug into scholarship related to each of our episode themes. Below is a list of some of the most helpful books and essays we found that helped shape our understanding of the evolution of Southern foodways.
"Of Pepperoni Rolls and Soup Beans: On What It Might Mean to Eat Like a West Virginian” by Courtney Balestier in Gastronomica
This lovely essay by Courtney Baliestier gives more personal context to West Virginia foodways.
"Uneven Americanization: Italian Immigration to Marion County”
Chapter by William Klaus in the book Transnational West Virginia: Ethnic Communities and Economic Change, 1840-1940
We recommend this chapter for a deeper look into West Virginia labor history and the migration patterns from Europe to the coal mines.
"Here Come the Boomer 'Talys: Italian Immigrants and Industrial Conflict in the Upper Kanawha Valley, 1903-1917."
By Fred Barkley in the book Transnational West Virginia: Ethnic Communities and Economic Change, 1840-1940
This chapter in the same book above illustrates the Italian history more specifically.
The Latino Migration Experience in North Carolina: New Roots in the Old North State By Hannah Gill
Hannah Gill serves on the “Somewhere South” advisory board. Her book is a wide snapshot of North Carolina Latino migration and uses oral history methods to focus each section. For more on Gill’s project, visit its interactive website full of complete interviews with Latino immigrants throughout the state: newroots.lib.unc.edu/
Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910 By Julie Weise
As a comprehensive history of Mexicans in the South, the book is accompanied by a robust website that includes lesson plans for teachers, a “Nuevo South” podcast and more: corazondedixie.org.