Eat Kentucky: A Southern Food Podcast

EK 17 - Hello, Chef Dolly! - Adrian Miller, The Soul Food Scholar

May 6, 2020

Adrian Miller, the Soul Food Scholar, is a Denver, Colorado based James Beard Award winning author and food historian as well as a certified barbecue judge and former White House advisor to President Bill Clinton.

In this episode Adrian and I talk about Lexington, Kentucky chef Dolly Johnson, an African-American White House chef for two presidents and who was discovered by a young Theodore Roosevelt. Much about Dolly remains cloaked in mystery, but she was in high demand in the highest halls of power. But she left all of that to return to her home in Kentucky.

Adrian writes about her in his book The President’s Kitchen Cabinet. He and I discuss White House chefs as well as the idea of Soul Food, the subject of his James Beard award winning book.

Plus, Adrian and I discuss barbecue and his time in Bill Clinton’s White House.


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'African American Cooks In the White House: Hiding In Plain Sight', by Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller on Somewhere South with Vivian Howard video clip

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