Historian and author Adrian Miller has studied how food can be weaponized to create stereotypes and stigmatize certain communities. But food can also be a balm and tool of reconciliation.
“When you sit down at the table with someone, you recognize their humanity and cooking is an act of love. When somebody cooks food for you, they’re saying that they care about your survival,” says Miller.
Miller goes by the moniker “Soul Food Scholar” and was the Deputy Director of President Clinton’s Initiative for One America. He now focuses on the intersection of faith and food as the Executive Director of the Colorado Council of Churches. Miller is currently writing “Black Smoke: African American Adventures in Barbecue.”