The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time
University of North Carolina Press, Hardcover, 9781469607627, 333pp.
Publication Date: August 2013
Miller argues that the story is more complex and surprising than commonly thought. Four centuries in the making, and fusing European, Native American, and West African cuisines, soul food--in all its fried, pork-infused, and sugary glory--is but one aspect of African American culinary heritage. Miller discusses how soul food has become incorporated into American culture and explores its connections to identity politics, bad health raps, and healthier alternatives. This refreshing look at one of America's most celebrated, mythologized, and maligned cuisines is enriched by spirited sidebars, photographs, and 22 recipes.
Chitlins, black-eyed peas and sweet potato greens ... it's all soul food you might want to consider adding to your Thanksgiving table. Host Michel Martin hears about the history of soul food â�� and gets some recipes â�� from Adrian Miller, author of Soul Food: The Surprising Story of An American Cuisine One Plate At A Time. More at NPR.org
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