Welcome to The Range, where you’ll find unexpected stories about Texas foods and cultures. The Range explores the rich variety of Texas foods: from old traditions to new innovations, you’ll hear from a diverse set of Texans who are in the thick of growing, cooking, distributing, and eating food. We’re a production of Foodways Texas, and we bring a sense of history to the many voices we feature who find a meeting ground in this contentious, boisterous, and rapidly changing state. In this podcast, borders are always permeable, food is always changing, stereotypes are right for busting — but our table is big enough to accommodate the range of it. It is Texas, after all.
In our inaugural episode, we use the humble and ubiquitous bean to explore historical and current topics in Texas food. Beans here tell stories of belonging, from a 19th-century border dispute to a recent trip to Terlingua.