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

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

by Adrian Miller


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ISBN-13: 9781469607627
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 08/15/2013
Edition description: 1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

1 What Is Soul Food? 1

2 West Africa: The Culinary Source 11

3 From Southern to Soul 29

4 Fried Chicken and the Integration of Church and Plate 49

5 Catfish and Other Double Swimmers 70

6 Chitlins: A Love Story 91

7 Black-Eyed Peas: What's Luck Got To Do With It? 111

8 How Did Macaroni and Cheese Get So Black? 129

9 Sometimes I Feel Like Motherless Greens 146

10 Candied Yams: West African in Name, but Not in Taste 166

11 Cornbread: Drop It Like It's Hot Bread! 186

12 Hot Sauce: The Best Medicine Ever? 208

13 What's Sweet, Red, and Drunk from a Jelly Jar? Hint: Liquid Soul! 222

14 Give Me Some Sugar: The Glory of Soul Food Desserts 240

15 Whither Soul Food? 255

Notes 267

Bibliography 285

Index 311

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A thrilling celebration and thoughtful commentary. Miller's informative and delightful book offers us a ticket to explore both the history of soul food and its relationship to the greater African American experience.—Ronni Lundy, author of Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes and Honest Fried Chicken: The Heart and Soul of Southern Country Kitchens

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