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


by: Adrian Miller

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

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Binding: Paperback
Brand: University of North Carolina Press
EAN: 9781469632421
Edition: Reprint
Feature: University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 146963242X
Item Dimensions: 1000800110100
Label: The University of North Carolina Press
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: The University of North Carolina Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 352
Publication Date: February 01, 2017
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Studio: The University of North Carolina Press


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2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award, Reference and Scholarship
Honor Book for Nonfiction, Black Caucus of the American Library Association

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 twenty-two recipes.

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