Byron Hurt is a film maker who blends family and social history in his documentary, Soul Food Junkies.
Human nature has not changed in 30 years, but obesity has become the health crisis of our time. We all know what we need to do, why is it so hard?
Hurt lovingly explores the joy and pleasure of food, the good memories, the sharing, the cooking, the holidays and traditions. They call it comfort food for a reason. Hurt also looks unflinchingly at the consequences of a high-fat, salty, sugar-coated diet that is poor in nutrition. He lost his own father to pancreatic cancer– a disease that, like diabetes, is linked with junk food.
Paula Deen has diabetes. She and Byron Hurt could have some improving conversations about how to take Southern cooking back to its roots– fresh from the farm, made by hand, sustaining for a day’s work.
Probably won’t happen.
There’s a vacancy at the Food Network. It would be way cool if they hired Byron Hurt to do a few episodes. Junk food, junk politics, junk thinking that leads smart people to say stupid things and then make weak excuses. Time for a change.
Here is a Black food writer on Paula Deen.
I think a Beer Summit is called for. Or maybe a Potluck of Reconciliation. It’s never too late to learn.