Oral History

Lillie Edwards and Juanita Washington - On food and cooking

Interviewed by Leslee Flores on April 10, 2012

Lillie recounts on her first experiences with cooking bread as a young girl. She was the designated cook of the family. She also talks about her mother’s cooking style since her mother does not use standard recipes to cook. Juanita speaks about Mama Dip (her aunt) being the head cook in her family. Mama Dip raised her and she started cooking small meals like hamburger and French fries. Both interviewees talk about the cooking aromas during holidays, specifically the smells of pie and cake. Edwards describes how she cooks and seasons her fish. She also states that one of her favorites dishes to make is chicken and dumplings.

Lillie Edwards and Juanita Washington - On food and cooking

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Oral history interview of Edwards, Lillie conducted by Flores, Leslee on April 10, 2012 at Heavenly Groceries, Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by Valentine, Catherine.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Lillie Edwards and Juanita Washington - On food and cooking,” From the Rock Wall, accessed May 21, 2022, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/lillie-edwards-and-juanita-washington.

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