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This past May 20, a culinary hero of mine, Mama Dip, died at the age of 89.

It was back in 2000 that my dear friend and mentor Jean Anderson, the cookbook author, introduced me to the game-changing Southern cook known as Mama Dip…and to her wonderful restaurant, Mama Dip’s Kitchen, in Chapel Hill, NC.  We spent several days together recording a Thanksgiving special for “Cooking Live” and I became quite fond of the lady.

This past May 20, Mama Dip died at the age of 89.  Ten days later, Kim Severson wrote a great obit about her for The Times.  The lead describes Mama Dip as “a slave’s granddaughter who opened a North Carolina restaurant that proved so successful she caught the attention of presidents, publishers, and sports stars.”

Here’s a link to the whole piece.

2 Responses to This past May 20, a culinary hero of mine, Mama Dip, died at the age of 89.


  1. Sandra Meyer says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’m now sharing on FB and Twitter

  2. Sally Zucker says:

    This was an amazing story about an incredible strong woman. I remembered her from your Cooking Live show. Hearing about her life was very impressive. Thank you for sharing this!

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