Soul food embodies the best of American cookingit's tasty, homegrown, and redolent of the country's multiethnic history. In New Soul Cooking
, the Food Network's Tanya Holland redefines this much-loved cuisine, introducing fresh and healthy ingredients, modern cooking styles, and global flavors.From Africa to the Caribbean, Brazil, and the American South, Holland shows how African flavors fused with existing cooking traditions created the basis for soul food. She combines this now traditional style with fresh flavor combinations and cooking techniques, to create soul food cooking for a new generation of home cooks and chefs. The 90 delicious creations in New Soul Cooking
from Black-eyed Pea and Country Ham Chowder to Pecan-Crusted Boneless Chicken Breasts and Confetti Cornbreadreinvigorate the concept of soul food. Luscious color photographs of many of these dishes introduce new presentation ideas, reinforcing Holland's belief that a color palette is as important as a wonderful flavor palate.
Author Bio: Tanya Holland is a regular host of the Food Network's Melting Pot Soul Kitchen. She began her career working in several New York restaurants, including two years as line cook at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill. Today Holland is the co-owner and the creative force behind Le Theater, a multiethnic French restaurant in Berkeley, California.