Fare Issue 3 Charleston, SC

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The depth and complexity of Charleston's cuisine tells the story of the American South: a long journey, heavy with contradictions and contrasts. Charleston is one of the country's oldest and best preserved cities—the site of major turning points in United States history, and the seat of a culinary renaissance. Here, visionaries both in and out of the kitchen explore Southern identities through careful historical research and the cultivation of centuries-lost ingredients. Charleston owes much of its cultural foundations to the significant contributions and struggles of its diasporic African communities and the descendants of enslaved workers, who are frequently overlooked for their considerable influence on the local cuisine and wider society.  

In this issue, Fare dives into the connections of food, history, and people—exploring how entire cities are built on the weight of food systems, with a myriad of effects that ripple into the present.