My brief essay “Speaking in Tongues: A Barbecue Communion,” originally written for the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy, is on CNN’s Eatocracy today.
Here’s a brief excerpt:
What barbecue you eat provides an image of your tongue, of your taste, and thereby of your general discernment – even your tolerance. Where you eat says a lot about you, too. My tongue has always preferred the tangy, the hot, and the salty to the sweet, and I like a little char on my meat. This was Dreamland at its best.