Ronni Lundy, founding member of Southern Foodways Alliance & author of Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes

Ms. Richie’s academic and professional credentials are outstanding. Impressive as such academic achievements are, they don’t necessarily indicate how a scholar will perform outside of the rigid structures of academia. While she brings the necessary tools of academic research, she also brings her insatiable curiosity and a desire to look well beyond what seems to be obvious to discover what actually is. I would also like to add that while she is devoted to rigorous research and the academic support of that, she is, unlike many of her scholarly peers, a remarkably readable and delightful writer.