Can’t Wait for … Hot, Hot Chicken by Rachel Louise Martin

Whenever a new book of food history is announced, my ears perk up. It’s like a sense: I know when an author bestows a culinary gift onto the publishing world and, in turn, a publisher smiles on consumers … Well, that might be a little dramatic, but I am always on the lookout for great foodie nonfiction, and this week I’ve found a new title focused on one of my favorite dishes with a history that rivals its heat. I cannot wait to read it.

Today I’m waiting for…

From the publisher:

These days, hot chicken is a “must-try” Southern food. Restaurants in New York, Detroit, Cambridge, and even Australia advertise that they fry their chicken “Nashville-style.” Thousands of people attend the Music City Hot Chicken Festival each year. The James Beard Foundation has given Prince’s Chicken Shack an American Classic Award for inventing the dish.

But for almost seventy years, hot chicken was made and sold primarily in Nashville’s Black neighborhoods—and the story of hot chicken says something powerful about race relations in Nashville, especially as the city tries to figure out what it will be in the future.

Hot, Hot Chicken recounts the history of Nashville’s Black communities through the story of its hot chicken scene from the Civil War, when Nashville became a segregated city, through the tornado that ripped through North Nashville in March 2020.


Title: Hot, Hot Chicken: A Nashville Story
Author: Rachel Louise Martin
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Expected Publication: March 15, 2021
Classification: Food, Nonfiction

Martin’s Website | Goodreads


Note: Can’t Wait Wednesday is a feature hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, so be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants. Fair warning: don’t be surprised if you come away with an expanded TBR pile.

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