Joe Pope's sister Barbara had worked with her brother at the cafe for years and knew the recipe by heart. In 2004, on his deathbed, Joe requested of his sister to continue the business and began to go over the recipe. Another sister, who didn't realize that Barbara had already committed the recipe to memory some time ago made sure to write down what their brother detailed.
According to the Mississippi Blue's Trail website, Robert Johntson uses the metaphor of a hot tamale to describe a woman. A historic marker in Rosedale notes,
Although likely introduced to the area by Mexican laborers, the tamale was quickly embraced by African Americans and has persisted in the Delta because of family tradition, public demand, and out of simple necessity. Whereas tamales in Mexico are usually steamed, tamales in the Delta are often simmered and served with the cooking water, with countless variations.