High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America | Official Trailer | Netflix

Food, community, culture, resiliency. Based on Jessica B. Harris’ award-winning book, High On The Hog traces the moving story of a people’s survival and triumph via the food that has knit generations together and helped define the American kitchen. From Gumbo to fried chicken, our culinary journey stretches from Africa to enslavement, to the Harlem Renaissance, up to our present-day; we celebrate the courage, artistry, and resourcefulness of the African American people. This is not just an African American story; it’s an American story. A feast for all the senses.

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High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America | Official Trailer | Netflix

Black food is American food. Chef and writer Stephen Satterfield traces the delicious, moving throughlines from Africa to Texas in this docuseries.

35 replies
  1. Guy Gabaldon
    Guy Gabaldon says:

    Great series, but I got the feeling that they were alluding to Cowboys being African-American in origin. I want to point out that is false. Mexican-Americans are the original Cowboys (Vaqueros) through their Spanish influence. It would've been nice if they at least mentioned it or made a small comment on the fact. Great series nonetheless.

  2. A. J.
    A. J. says:

    I started watching this and I really hope that they didn't go to that first restaurant and waste all that food (around the 15th minutes of the first episode). They're in BENIN. The poverty rate is really high, which means there are a lot of hungry people around. It would be so very American and so very infuriating if they went there, got plates full of food, nibbled on them like birds, and threw the rest away.

  3. Dulcie B
    Dulcie B says:

    I loved the first three segments and enjoyed learning about the role African Americans have played in developing America's cuisine. but on the fourth segment, I turned it off and couldn't watch it anymore. The horse the cowboy mounted was completely lame and it hurt me to watch the poor horse limping along with a 250 lb guy on his back. What cowboy would do that to his mount?! Cruel to the animal. It's like watching someone pulling on puppies' ears until they yelp.

  4. A.Bailey
    A.Bailey says:

    Phenomenal and exceptionally well produced. I'm so fascinated with this show and have shared it with my family. They're probably tired of hearing me talk about it, but it's so beautiful!

  5. Volcanic Eruption
    Volcanic Eruption says:

    Beautiful documentary! It's honestly about time a discussion is had on the impact Black Americans had and have on American cuisine and culture. From the food, the music, pop culture, dance, we made America great.

  6. Chilala Chifwepa
    Chilala Chifwepa says:

    Watching this as an African I felt for the first time a sense of family between us Africans and African Americans. I feel for the first time that African Americans are a part of us, they are family, they are our people. I feel a deep sense of love for and connection to Africans and African Americans. Love to all who read this comment from a Zambian gal in SA/Mzansi.

  7. Monique Covington
    Monique Covington says:

    I watched this because it was so intriguing to learn about especially new connections to real african food but you do realize it is kind of loud and commercial always is and you do ask way as a Spanish person as ours isn’t. Don’t know. But it was good though to learn about.

  8. Jo Rad
    Jo Rad says:

    Actually it's not all African inspired. Many of the American cuisine has elements from native american indigenous peope, Germany, France, Spain and africa so to say it's all African is not accurate. I know people want to be the first to claim it first but after watching the documentary all I can gain is jealousy. I spoke to many Africans from Africa and they said American food is not African food! Whether you want to say it's soul food or not. Many African slaves were sold to middle East and India for spices that made African cuisine different years before the slave trade. Every thing from the documentary is inaccurate. I do see a 'Fusion' of spices but not solely African. Similarly, Mexico has taken the middle East technique of making lamb, chicken and beef schwarma (rotisserie) and shaving the meat off and putting it into tacos. Is this now 'Mexican-ness?' I don't hear any Mexicans say this is Mexican tacos they give credit to the rotisserie skills from the middle East. Everything we eat in America is fusion not soul food not slave food. However, I do want to say is many black folks that I hear on tv always talk about the past, let's move forward into the future and see what black geniuses can do for the world! Africa is turning into a super giant in technology and space let's move towards the future!

  9. Grae Hall
    Grae Hall says:

    If you don't cry while watching this series at least once, if your mind isn't blown by how historical racism was covered up just once, if you're not outraged by ongoing systemic racism just once by this series, then you don't deserve to eat the AMAZING cuisine that's shared in this show which has become not just staple in the US but around the world. Learn about the dishes you love from this show and appreciate the troubled and terrible journey it took to make them.


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