How did you become interested in the pepperoni roll?
The pepperoni roll has always been a part of my life. It wasn't until I started reporting about it when I was a journalist that I realized its full story hadn't become documented. So, I set out to help tell the story of the pepperoni roll and capture that history before it's lost. The pepperoni roll is so deeply ingrained in our culture, and it has a story reflective of our history as a state.
What did the pepperoni roll come from?
It goes way back, originally it was a meal for Italian-American coal miners. That said, it was a fundraiser in high school!
Sticks or slices?
You can’t ask me that! I like all of them. There is also a small but very strong group of people who love ground pepperoni in the roll.
Can you tell me about your work as a writer and storyteller?
I think it's important to tell our stories as Appalachians. There's such a wealth of culture and history that has shaped this region and these people. Documenting that history and those stories in our voice for our people is important to help accurately portray our culture.
What does food culture mean for Appalachia?
Food is important in any culture - it is the means by which we share stories, create memories and sustain our communities. In Appalachia, food is deeply tied to traditions and sense of place. We create food from what we have available, incorporating family recipes and experiences to create works of art.
What is Appalachia?
Appalachia is more than a region - it's a group of incredible people, it's a lifestyle, it's a culture. It's appreciating the landscape, loving your community and creating a life rooted in those principles. Appalachia is home.
Candace runs her own foodie blog, and it’s seriously awesome. No pretension, just chowing down on great food and support of local businesses. Check it out! Www.candacelately.com