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High on the Hog

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Food doc gives powerful new perspective on American history.

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age 6+

Culture, history and food!

Most children are given a monolithic view of the world. This series provides a great opportunity to learn about historical perspectives and some of the most culturally relevant movements in the United States. And they can learn about these issues through food journeys. What could be better?

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Inspired by Dr. Jessica B. Harris's book of the same name, High on the Hog takes this idea to incredible heights, exploring food, culture, and American history in a way that is accessible, powerful, and often emotional. It begins like many food shows, by shopping for ingredients. The difference is that Harris and host Stephen Satterfield are in a market in the country of Benin in West Africa, pointing out how yams are not the same thing as sweet potatoes. Then, patiently, the series expands into a rich mosaic of food and culture that traces American food culture back to the Atlantic slave trade. That may sound daunting, and Satterfield and his guests are certainly not afraid to discuss the traumatic realities of slavery that continue to impact nearly every aspect of American culture, but the focus always comes back to the food. Through something as seemingly benign as, for example, eating mac 'n cheese, High on the Hog uses compelling, compassionate storytelling to give viewers a deeper understanding of American history.

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