Frederick Opie authors new book on the work of American folklorist, anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston

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Babson College Professor of History and Foodways Frederick Douglass Opie has authored Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food: Recipes, Remedies & Simple PleasuresHis book reflects on Floridian food as detailed in Zora Neale Hurston’s ethnographic research and writing. Zora Neale Hurston is one of the pre-eminent writers of 20th Century African-American literature.

Opie highlights the essentials of food in Florida through simple dishes and recipes. He considers foods prepared for everyday meals, as well as special occasions, and looks at what shaped people’s eating traditions in early 20th Century Florida. He credits Hurston with doing for Florida what William Faulkner did for Mississippi—both authors provided insight into a state’s history and culture through various styles of writing and contributed to a larger southern canon. Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food is essential reading for those who love history, cooking and eating.

Professor Opie's new book is available in paperback throughout Florida and online at The History Press.

About Frederick Douglass Opie

Frederick Douglass Opie is a professor of history and foodways at Babson College and the author of Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to AmericaBlack Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882-1923; and Upsetting the Apple Cart: Black and Latino Coalitions in New York from Protest to Public Office. Opie is a regular contributor on the radio show The Splendid Table.


About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​®. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


By Barbara Spies Blair,, 781-239-4621 | 04/14/2015 04:00