“I tell my daughters that when I go, they’ll know the good recipes by the dirty pages.” —Kim McKinney

 

Dirty pages. The cookbook pages ringed with coffee stains, the recipes smudged with chocolate or butter, dusted with flour,  a creased piece of paper or the back of an old envelope, pages wrinkled and folded, the faded careful script of a mother or grandmother. They're the recipes we refer to again and again. But beyond the dishes they help create, these pages hold stories. 

DIRTY PAGES • MARCH-APRIL 2015

In March-April 2015, Dirty Pages debuted at an interactive exhibit featuring 20 Nashville women at the Nashville Farmers' Market and a series of public events at the market and in collaboration with Nashville's Conexión AméricasPart photography and part storytelling, the exhibit told each woman's story by displaying her recipe along with a portrait, and a personal account describing the recipe and where it came from. An opening night dinner featured the talents of eight local chefs, honoring women in their lives who inspired their cooking (with proceeds directed to Conexión Américas and its Mesa Komal commercial kitchen).

DIRTY PAGES • NOVEMBER 2015

In November 2015, the exhibit moved to New Orleans' Southern Food & Beverage Museum where it continues to hang. 

DIRTY PAGES • SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

On September 26, 2016, a new Dirty Pages exhibit will be part of the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival's 20th anniversary. Created with the Metro Nashville Human Rights Commission, the exhibit will hang for one night only at POP, 604 Gallatin Ave in Nashville. Tickets to the exhibit include tastes of Dirty Pages recipe and can be purchased here. Ticket proceeds benefit Celebrate Nashville. 


Dirty Pages has been organized by food writers Erin Murray, Jennifer Justus and Cindy Wall, a trio of friends who eat enthusiastically, write passionately, and believe fully in the ways shared stories about food tie us together.

“There is no better place to cook and eat, and tell stories about cooking and eating, than Nashville right now.
Dirty Pages is just a piece of that, but we think it's a tale worth telling. 
We chose to celebrate Nashville women, not because Nashville men don't have great food stories,
but because across so many cultures, those stories come from mothers, grandmothers, matriarchs,
and that's worth honoring.

Every day, no matter how many great restaurants we have (and we have lots), we turn back again and again
to recipes we love and meals we remember. And it's true whether you grew up here
or moved thousands of miles to call Nashville home."  

Erin Murray • Jennifer Justus • Cindy Wall

DIRTY PAGES PRESS

"A Mother's Cookbook Shares More Than Recipes"
Kim Severson, The New York Times

"Dirty Pages Share Stories of Food and Love"
Jim Myers, The Tennessean

"Food Writers Kick Off 'Dirty Pages' Project, About Nashville Recipes and Stories"
Chris Chamberlain, Nashville Scene

"Dirty Pages Open to the Good Recipes"
Kathleen Purvis, The Charlotte News & Observer