Alice Randall

Alice Randall is the guest editor of Spring 2021 Food Issue. She is the author of five novels, including The Wind Done Gone and Black Bottom Saints. With her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams, she co-authored the acclaimed cookbook Soul Food Love, which won the NAACP Image Award.

March 01, 2021

 A Letter from the Editor, Food Issue.

Quiet as it is kept, and widely as it has become forgotten, those who do the cooking and the farming know that those who only eat what is cooked for them and served to them never eat as well, measured by flavor on the tongue or justice in the world, as those who sample straight from the pot with a clean tasting spoon.

November 10, 2020

An essay from the Greatest Hits Music Issue

A better South, the Up South, insists that Black artistry and industry be recognized for their excellence, and that the measure of Black art be located in the pleasure of Black audience.

Nobody knew this better than LaVern Baker and no place provided a more significant Black audience than the Up South metropolis that was the Motor City

May 06, 2020

An essay originally published in the Oxford American’s Spring 2010 Southern Food issue, guest edited by John T. Edge.

On making “hit” chocolate in Nashville.

April 04, 2010

I knew I wanted to be the first black woman Harvard graduate to write a country song—and I thought I knew DeFord Bailey, the groundbreaking harmonica player, was the first and only black person to perform as part of the Opry.

Nobody had told me about Linda Martell.