Soul Food Scholar reviews 'The Butler:' aspirations

Aug 16, 2013

Lee Daniels' fourth directing effort depicts the true story of Eugene Allen, a butler in the White House through eight presidents.  The film stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey portrays his wife in this passage of time story. It's a breathless race through America's civil rights history, with some Forrest Gump-like historical meet-ups.

 There is much to draw from this film, so we turned to Denver resident, author and Soul Food Scholar Adrian Miller, who has actually interviewed several White House chefs. In this online version of the interview, Adrian Miller reviews the film and the long list of cameo roles. He also discusses the delicate balance of the professional and personal lives of White House domestic staff, and the film's prospects for promoting racial harmony in the future. See the trailer and find other resources at the film's official website. Adrian Miller signs his new book Soul Food - The Surprising Story of An American Cuisine at Denver Public Library's Blair Caldwell Research Library at 24th and Welton on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (music clip at the end of this feature Wynton Marsalis "Down Home with Homey," from the CD Uptown Ruler)