Toni Tipton-Martin wins John Egerton Prize from the Southern Foodways Alliance

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ToniTiptonMartin.jpegToni Tipton-Martin, the Austin-based food writer and culinary historian, won one of two John Egerton Prizes awarded at this year’s Southern Foodways Symposium in Oxford, Mississippi.

Martin has co-authored three books and founded a nutrition education nonprofit called SANDE Youth Project, but one of her most noteworthy projects is called The Jemima Code, which started as a blog and will publish next year as a book from the University of Texas Press called “The Jemima Code: 150 Timeless African American Cookbooks and their Extraordinary Legacy.”

When she’s not in Austin teaching nutrition and gardening classes or working on the book, Martin is traveling around the country sharing the stories of African American cooks who indelibly (and often anonymously) shaped the cuisine that Southern Foodways celebrates.

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The other winner this year was Chuck Reece, co-founder of a digital magazine called The Bitter Southerner. Both will receive a $5,000 stipend as part of the award named after Egerton, the journalist and author who helped found the Southern Foodways Alliance in 1999 and who died last year.


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