Peggy Brunache

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Peggy Brunache is a Haitian American food historian and archaeologist. She currently lives in Perth and lectures at the University of Dundee. Brunache has contributed to various BBC programs and is involved with an annual food festival in Perth called the Southern Fried Food Festival.


Brunache is Haitian American in heritage and grew up in Miami, Florida.[1] In college, she pursued anthropology and then became involved with a field school run by Kathleen Deagan at St. Augustine, Florida.[2] Brunache earned her master's degree at the University of South Carolina and then earned her doctorate at the University of Texas.[2] While in South Carolina, Brunache missed the food she had grown up with and began to cook for herself.[3]

In May 2006, she moved to Scotland to be closer to Andy Shearer.[1] Brunache and Shearer met in 2005 at South by Southwest, and after meeting, they stayed in touch.[3] They were married in December 2006.[3] Together they started a family and she finished up her thesis which focused on women in slavery in Guadeloupe and their cuisine.[2][4] Her work for her thesis pointed to the origins of modern Creole cuisine and Soul Food.[3] Through her work on women in La Mahaudière, she discovered that slave women did most of the cooking and were very involved in the island markets.[5] These women significantly contributed to the cuisine of the region.[5]

Around 2007, Shearer and Brunache started the Perth Southern Fried Food Festival.[3] The festival celebrates American food from the Southern United States.[3] She also has contributed to BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Café.[6] She has also been featured in the BBC Two history series, A Black History of Britain.[7]

Brunache lectures at the University of Dundee.[8] In 2016, she was awarded a Ford Foundation fellowship to do an excavation of the first integrated school in Ohio, the Parker Academy.[9]


  1. ^ a b Usmani, Sumayya (9 September 2017). "Sumayya Usmani's culinary journey: a Haitian love story". The Herald Scotland. Archived from the original on 10 April 2018. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  2. ^ a b c "Raising Horizons: Unearthing Identity". TrowelBlazers. Archived from the original on 14 September 2017. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Martin, Nicola (23 July 2014). "Soul Food and the Southern Fried Woman". Small City BIG Personality. Archived from the original on 10 April 2018. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  4. ^ Brunache, Peggy Lucienne (2011). "Enslaved Women, Foodways, and Identity Formation: The Archaeology of Habitation La Mahaudière, Guadeloupe, circa Late-18th Century to Mid-19th Century" (PDF). University of Texas. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 August 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b Arcangeli, Myriam (2015). Sherds of History: Domestic Life in Colonial Guadeloupe. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. pp. 97–98. ISBN 9780813055206. OCLC 897905581 – via Project MUSE.
  6. ^ "The Kitchen Café - Peggy Brunache - BBC Radio Scotland". BBC. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  7. ^ "A Black History of Britain – BBC series". Scottish Centre for Global History. 31 August 2016. Archived from the original on 10 April 2018. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  8. ^ "Oral History Project". Society of Black Archaeologists. Archived from the original on 16 September 2017. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  9. ^ "NKU to Keep Uncovering Ohio's First Integrated School". The Cincinnati Enquirer. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 2018-04-10 – via

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