September 3rd, 2010
05:15 PM ET
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"There's this tension in the south between privation and plenty. We were poor as can be and yet we have this really long growing season, our fields are flesh with game. So those tensions maybe matter more here than it does in other regions. That kind of deep poverty and great plenty."

"Our food comes with a really distinctive, sometimes troubling but ultimately triumphant back story. Food is a way, to sit down across the table from someone and say let's take a tour of the. It allows you to tell stories about this region and talk about race and class and all that stuff but in a way that's not threatening. We're just talkin' about food! We're just sittin' around the table." – John T. Edge

Watch our beloved John T. Edge of the Southern Foodways Alliance on tonight's Nightline on "The Soul of Soul Food."

UPDATEJohn T. closed the segment out saying, "There is hope in barbecue." Amen, sir. Amen.

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