DR. JESSICA HARRIS Contributor
EVENTS: #ICONDINNER CHAT
EDUCATION: Bryn Mawr College, Queens College, New York, The Université de Nancy, France, and New York University, Honorary Doctorate Johnson & Wales University
CURRENTLY: Professor of English at Queens College/C.U.N.Y.
WHY SHE IS AMAZING: Dr. Harris is the author of twelve critically acclaimed cookbooks documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora. Her most recent book, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, was the International Association for Culinary Professionals 2012 prize winner for culinary history. In her more than three decades as a journalist Dr. Harris has written extensively about the culture of Africa in the Americas, particularly the foodways. In the most recent edition of the Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, author John Mariani cites Harris as the ranking expert on African American Foodways in the country. In 2012, she began a monthly radio show on Heritage Radio Network, My Welcome Table, that focuses on Food. Travel, Music, and Memoir. Dr. Harris has been honored with many awards including a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Foodways Alliance of which she is a founding member. In 2010, she was inducted into the James Beard Who's Who of Food and Beverage in the United States. In 2012, Dr. Harris was asked by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture to conceptualize and curate Sweet Home Cafe which is a 2017 James Beard Foundation Best New Restaurant Award Semi-Finalist.
LAST NIGHT ON EARTH SHE’S EATING IN: Paris