From Frugivore — Every time black people think white people will examine their privilege, breaking the heavy chains of racial denial, which hurts them a lot more than it hurts anyone else, blacks receive a resounding “hell-to-the-naw!” Case in point, the “classy” and widely distributed food and beverage magazine, Food & Wine, thought it’s great idea to pay homage to the black maids of Jim Crow Mississippi, whose portrayal in this summer’s feel-good film, “The Help,” inspires the magazine to dedicate a spread to Southern cuisine, which is central to the “The Help’s” plot.
Forgetting to mention that most of the recipes blacks ingeniously came up with to feed their families — because of, but not limited to, depressed wages and seperate-but-not-equal education — were not their first option but the most resourceful option, Food & Wine wanted to remind folks how blatant white supremacy benefitted American cuisine and how serving the benevolent, patriarchal households of the Deep South gave blacks a sense of purpose and pride in their lives:
[F]ried chicken for the film [was] based on a recipe described in the novel, prepared by a maid named Minny, who’s revered for her talent in the kitchen. The secret: Crisco. (Minny praises Crisco thusly: “Ain’t just for frying. You ever get a sticky something stuck in your hair, like gum? That’s right, Crisco. Spread this on a baby’s bottom, you won’t even know what diaper rash is. Shoot, I seen ladies rub it under they eyes and on they husband’s scaly feet. And after all that it will still fry your chicken.”)