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

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An engaging, tradition-rich look at an often overlooked American cuisine—certainly to be of interest to foodies from all walks of life.
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Winner, 2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award, Reference and Scholarship


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.
 

About Adrian Miller

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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.
 
Published August 15, 2013 by The University of North Carolina Press. 351 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Cooking, History. Non-fiction
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on Jun 17 2013

An engaging, tradition-rich look at an often overlooked American cuisine—certainly to be of interest to foodies from all walks of life.

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