Lakyn Bolen, of Eastern Kentucky in Knott County, is a Tik Tok Appalachian Creator with over 270k followers. In her videos, she portrays the true, simple, yet happy lifestyle and culture that the majority of Eastern Kentuckians live.
I asked the creator what inspired her to begin making these videos, in which she went on to say,
“I wanted to show people that Appalachia, specifically South Eastern KY, is more than what you see on TV. All my life I’ve seen how Appalachia was portrayed through the television, and it always upset me. It seemed as if they only focused on poverty and our accent. They never wanted to focus on our culture. Appalachia is so rich in culture, and that’s what I want to show people. The good side of Appalachia. Appalachian food, art, music and linguistics are things everyone should be excited to learn about because there’s absolutely nothing else in this world like it. “
Lakyn focuses on showing the ways Appalachians conserve food and use every last bit of what they have, leaving nothing to go to waste.
Some examples of the EKY traditional recipes included are fried dandelions, chocolate gravy, homemade biscuits, chicken and dumplings, pone biscuits, homemade gingerbread that is to die for, and much much more. The account also shows examples of how to set up shelves for canning your food and how to can the food.
Overall, if you're looking for an account that portrays the Eastern Kentucky culture, this is your place to go.
Give her a visit at --https://www.tiktok.com/@lakynsappalachianlife
For some of Lakyn's Appalachian Life's recipe Tik Tok recipes, click the items below: