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A Taste of Home – How Pinto beans and cornbread became an Appalachian tradition


Last year, I posted this tweet:
“Appalachian folks: I’m hunting for some @InAppalachia story ideas. What’s something your momaw made that’s unique to where you’re from?”
It got dozens of replies, a large number of which mentioned pinto beans and cornbread. I found that strange because beans and cornbread are the opposite of unique. You can find a bowl of beans anywhere there’s a Cracker Barrel or Bob Evans. It isn’t exactly an Appalachia-specific meal.
And yet, it was clear many Appalachians identified this decidedly non-Appalachian meal with home.
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