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High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America

  • Premiered: 
    May 26, 2021
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  • Network: Netflix
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Historical
  • Tags: food

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Plot Synopsis

HIGH ON THE HOG: HOW AFRICAN AMERICAN CUISINE TRANSFORMED AMERICA is a four-part documentary that follows food writer Stephen Satterfield, as he embarks on a culinary journey alongside chefs, historians, and activists that celebrates the courage, artistry, and resourcefulness of the African American people. Netflix released all four one-hour episodes on Wednesday, May 26, 2021:

"Our Roots": The hunt for African American food's roots goes to Benin, where okra and yam rule the market and pre-enslavement fish and corn plates reign at a table.

"The Rice Kingdom": In the Carolinas, Stephen looks at the human cost of rice and goes whole hog with Gullah chef BJ Dennis and those preserving Black culinary traditions.

"Our Founding Chefs": From mac and cheese to Virginia ham: Jefferson's and Washington's renowned enslaved chefs James Hemings and Hercules left the nation hungry for more.

"Freedom": Barbecued brisket meets Senegalese lamb and a Juneteenth feast as Stephen heads to Texas to ride with Black cowboys and take in Jerrelle Guy's cakes.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by One Story Up