Louisville Barbecue Owner Killed in Police Shooting Fed a Food Desert

Maybe it was something in Odessa McAtee’s dressing that led her son to a career in cooking.

“He loved my dressing,” she said, speaking over the phone Thursday from her home in Louisville, Kentucky. “‘Mama, make me some dressing,’” she recalled his asking all the time.

Her turkey dressing and collard greens were his favorites. “My collard greens? I pick them, I wash them, and I make sure that they are good and clean,” she said. “When I put them in the pot, I put my ham hock and my country ham and some red dry pepper and some regular salt.”

And the turkey dressing? “My dressing is really a secret recipe.”

Taking lessons learned in part from his mother’s kitchen, David McAtee went on to become a beloved fixture on the corner of 26th Street and Broadway in the predominantly black West End neighborhood of Louisville. There, his simple

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Why forgotten food manufacturers deserve our thanks too

The UK government’s list of key workers helping society to deal with the pandemic was a long one. But it seems to me that some of the people who really keep us going have been overlooked.

For while supermarket staff and delivery drivers have quite rightly achieved hero status, much less attention has been given to where the food they sell or transport actually comes from.

But someone has to produce the raw, unprocessed food ingredients. Then someone else has to turn those ingredients into the kind of processed food products that fill the supermarket shelves. And for months now, they have been coping with unprecedented demand.

There are, of course, varying levels of process and human involvement required to end up with the food we want to eat. Even at a minimal level, primary processing involves cutting, cleaning, packaging and storing raw foods before they reach the consumer.

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Black Content Creators On TikTok You Should Be Following

TikTok has quickly become everyone’s go-to when it comes to finding new kitchen hacks or fun recipes to try out. There are tons of accounts to choose from when following users who offer up cooking advice and ideas, but these are some of the amazing Black content creators who often share their expertise on TikTok. Whether you want plant-based meals, baking tips, or guidance for growing your own ingredients, here are some of the accounts you’ll want to add to your following list.

Tabitha Brown

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Tabitha Brown is loved on TikTok for her creative vegan recipes as well as her nurturing demeanor and soothing voice. Her comment section is often flooded with people lovingly calling her “Mom” and users

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Food Has Always Been Political

On Friday morning at 10:30 a.m., several of us editors at Bon Appétit jumped on a Zoom call to discuss how we were going to cover the uprisings sparked by George Floyd’s killing. As a food brand, we’re often talking about recipes, cooking techniques, and emerging restaurants. But we also understand that food is inherently political, and there’s no getting around that. If you need proof, look no further than the recent pandemic. As we’ve documented in our daily Restaurant Diaries, restaurants are scrambling for PPP loans and undocumented workers are falling through the cracks.

In recent years, we at BA have been reckoning with our blind spots when it comes to race. We still have work to do. But one thing I know is that our editorial mission—besides recipes and home cooking—is to cover the most important stories of the moment as they relate to food. And as

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