Audio Recording "They weren't batwings, lady, those are chicken ribs!"

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"They weren't batwings, lady, those are chicken ribs!"
Contributor Names
Jones, Howard (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  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: "I was boning my own chicken and I looked at the bones and one day I put my spice on the bones -- ribs and a half-drunk guy asked what they were and I said, chicken ribs and he said how much are they and I charged him $1.50 for twelve. Then a lady came and asked for some; the next day she came by and asked me why I sold her batwings -- they look like bats; then I went to a store and asked for their chicken ribs; I got all they had; he didn't even have enough; he told me of a place in Brooklyn where they fileted chicken in a warehouse and they had it full to ceiling with chicken ribs and I said, 'I'm rich!' I'd get a whole bowlful for a buck. I'd fry them; but they fileted them so well, it was mostly bone. I'd try them all kinds of ways -- broil, then fry; we sold them here in the restaurant."
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A018
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Jones, Howard, and Susan Levitas. "They weren't batwings, lady, those are chicken ribs!". -08-28, 1994. Audio.

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Jones, H. & Levitas, S. (1994) "They weren't batwings, lady, those are chicken ribs!". -08-28. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Jones, Howard, and Susan Levitas. "They weren't batwings, lady, those are chicken ribs!". -08-28, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.