Soul food is a literal extension of our love, flowing from our hearts, through our hands, crafted on our stoves and shared with those we hold dear.
Many African American traditions are rooted in food. Not just any food, Soul Food, to be exact. In our happiest and in our most mournful times, we bond over food. We show our love through food. We celebrate with food. Soul food is a literal extension of our love, flowing from our hearts, through our hands, crafted on our stoves and shared with those we hold dear.
Soul food’s history goes back to slavery. Slaves were given the scraps and undesirable cuts of food and had to make it a meal. From these traditions, we have generations of recipes that are still passed down today. There is always a good story served next to a slice of delicious cake.
Soul food (not to be confused with Southern food) encompasses many different dietary lifestyles and is not limited to fatty and deep fried - although, I'll never turn down a piece of fried chicken. The SOUL comes from being perfectly seasoned and adorned in love. Are you looking for a good story along with tasty recipes? Here are a few selections sure to inspire your mind and appetite.
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