Audio Recordings "I wouldn't touch a chicken -- all I sold were the innards and the ends."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jones, Howard
Levitas, Susan
Dates 1994
Location New Jersey
United States
Language English
Subjects African Americans
Oral History
Sound Recordings
Work Processes
"I wouldn't touch a chicken -- all I sold were the innards and the ends."
Contributor Names
Jones, Howard (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Food
-  Restaurants
-  Foodways
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work processes
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Howard Jones, worm farmer.
-  Summary of audio segment: "Had chicken ribs, chicken gizzards, chicken livers, I had everything but the chicken, chicken necks, I used to sell like crazy the chicken necks." Then I started selling fish and one day I saw fish ribs in a market that were going to be thrown away and I took it and the fish heads. Fish ribs sold like hotcakes; heads sold, too. People could buy them for a dollar and have something to eat; get that? Something to Eat. It was a trip. Every time I had something new, I took some to a bar to try it out; that's how I'd put my product out; I had to hustle. "I wouldn't touch a chicken. All I sold were the innards and the ends -- chicken livers, chicken hearts." The gizzards are where I made the money; I did this before the others; the spice is what made it. They still ask me for those gizzards. No one else had a restaurant that sold Chinese fried rice and lasagna in the same place. I used to make Mexican foor too; on Madison between 10th and 9th.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A018
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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