John T. Edge, the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the host of the podcast Gravy, makes three appearances in the Triangle this week to promote his new book, The Potlikker Papers. It opens in kitchens in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, where African-American women sustained the Montgomery bus boycott. Edge weaves impeccable research and charming anecdotes to illuminate the ways food traditions are entwined with class, race, gender, and social resistance. He revels in the dynamism of the South, proving tamales to be as Southern as cornbread. On Tuesday, May 30, he will read at 7 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, introduced by chef Ashley Christensen. Next up is Fullsteam Brewery on Wednesday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m., with award-winning Lantern chef Andrea Reusing. Finally, Edge will appear at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, introduced by Bill Smith of Crook's Corner (with Crook's food, too). —Monique LaBorde
Correction: This blurb originally misidentified Bill Smith as Bill Neal.