Soul Food The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time

ISBN-10: 146960762X
ISBN-13: 9781469607627
Edition: 2013
Authors: Adrian Miller
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Description: In this insightful and eclectic history, Adrian Miller delves into the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Focusing each chapter on the culinary and social history of one dish--such as fried chicken,  More...

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 8/15/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

In this insightful and eclectic history, Adrian Miller delves into the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Focusing each chapter on the culinary and social history of one dish--such as fried chicken, chitlins, yams, greens, and "red drinks"--Miller uncovers how it got on the soul food plate and what it means for African American culture and identity.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.

Adrian Miller is a writer, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, CO. He served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, a senior policy analyst for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr., and a Southern Foodways Alliance board member.

Preface
What Is Soul Food?
West Africa: The Culinary Source
From Southern to Soul
Fried Chicken and the Integration of Church and Plate
Catfish and Other Double Swimmers
Chitlins: A Love Story
Black-Eyed Peas: What's Luck Got To Do With It?
How Did Macaroni and Cheese Get So Black?
Sometimes I Feel Like Motherless Greens
Candied Yams: West African in Name, but Not in Taste
Cornbread: Drop It Like It's Hot Bread!
Hot Sauce: The Best Medicine Ever?
What's Sweet, Red, and Drunk from a Jelly Jar? Hint: Liquid Soul!
Give Me Some Sugar: The Glory of Soul Food Desserts
Whither Soul Food?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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