Literary Atlanta Podcast Episode 3: Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller, author of The President's Kitchen Cabinet
Adrian Miller is the author of Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time, which won a James Beard Foundation book award. His latest book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet explores the history of African-American cooks and workers in the White House, from the Washingtons to the Obamas. That means I had to ask Adrian what he’s learned about the current presidential palate and chef situation.

Adrian is a certified Kansas City Barbecue Society judge and attorney who worked in the White House as a former special assistant to President Bill Clinton. He lives in Denver, Colorado, where he’s settled into his current role (tastiest job title ever) of “Soul Food Scholar.”

In this episode of Literary Atlanta, Adrian talks about rejection and acceptance in the literary food world. He also shares a story that didn’t make it into the book about fried chicken saving our country. Dig in!

AJC Decatur Book Festival Website

Adrian Miller Website

Adrian Miller is quoted in this article by Kim Severson and Marian Burros, “Looking for a Trump Doctrine in the White House Kitchen,” New York Times

Books Mentioned in This Episode

The President's Kitchen Cabinet by Adrian MillerThe President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas




Soul Food by Adrian MillerSoul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time

Books to Help Us Better Understand Charlottesville

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz

The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The March Trilogy by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Charis Books & MoreAnd the book recommendations kept pouring in long after we recorded the podcast! So… you really can’t do any better than consulting these lists from Charis Books & More, one of the nation’s oldest independent feminist bookstores, located in Atlanta.

Charis Books & More’s Book List for Understanding and Dismantling Racism (Adult Readers)

Charis Books & More’s Books to Teach White Children and Teens How to Undo Racism and White Supremacy