Slide 1 of 30: Soul food is one of the tastiest, most popular, and recognizable types of cooking to come out of the United States. An African-American cuisine rooted in the country's Deep South and the transatlantic slave trade that flourished—and was finally banished—in the 1800s, this unique food genre is associated with comfort and indulgence, but was created out of struggle and survival. So, are you hungry and feel like soul searching? Click through and digest the history of soul food.

Soul food: digesting the history of African-American cuisine

Soul food is one of the tastiest, most popular, and recognizable types of cooking to come out of the United States. An African-American cuisine rooted in the country’s Deep South and the transatlantic slave trade that flourished—and was finally banished—in the 1800s, this unique food genre is associated with comfort and indulgence, but was created out of struggle and survival. So, are you hungry and feel like soul searching? 

Click through and digest the history of soul food.

Slide 6 of 30: Soul food, however, originated in the home cooking of the rural South—mostly in Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama—where women would use locally raised or gathered foods and other inexpensive ingredients to create dishes that were filling but meagre on nutrients.
Slide 8 of 30: In their new environment and buoyed by a tangible sense of hope and optimism, African-American cooks began to form a distinctive cuisine despite limited means. They used skill and ingenuity to preserve African food traditions, and cleverly adapted traditional American recipes.

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