Author and historian Jessica B. Harris '68 graces the cover of the inaugural issue of For the Culture.
In an Instagram post announcing the publication of the first issue, Editor in Chief Klancy Miller wrote:
"Dr. Harris is a chronicler of the culture and a person everyone I know in food and wine admires. You know the phrase 'because of her, we can'? That applies to Dr. Harris. I wanted her to be the cover star not only because I love her books and she’s a person I look up to, but because she truly is one of the most impactful culinarians of our time."
Harris' books include Hot Stuff: A Cookbook in Praise of the Piquant; Iron Pots and Wooden Spoons: Africa’s Gifts to New World Cooking; Beyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food from the Atlantic Rim; and High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir and Vintage Postcards from the African World: In the Dignity of Their Work and the Joy of Their Play (Atlantic Migrations and the African Diaspora).
Harris is Professor Emerita at Queens College/CUNY in New York City, where she was a professor for 50 years. She was a French major at Bryn Mawr. In March of 2020, Harris was awarded the the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award.