Amelia Award Recipient: 2018

Dr. Jessica B. Harris

No one knows more about the foodways of the African diaspora than Jessica Harris, and no one has done more to highlight the many contributions of African culinary culture throughout the world. A founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, Dr. Harris’s many books include High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America (2011), Beyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food from the Atlantic Rim (2003), and The Africa Cookbook: Tastes of a Continent (1998). Her work guided the development of Sweet Home Café, the restaurant of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American Culture and History, and her monthly podcast Welcome to My Table on theHeritage Radio Network continues to explore the relationship between culture and cuisine.