History of Soul Food

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The History of Soul Food

 

The food that got us through the hard times

It stayed with us through history

It's not a mystery

It's the food that still allows us to shine.

Soul food is comfort food, born in the United States. Originated and developed by slaves and there descendant's. Originally the food the slave masters or owner didn't or wouldn't eat. Through trial, error and time soul food has evolved into a multi million dollar industry and growing. Soul food restaurants, manufacturing, book publishing, TV and radio shows, Websites and much more.

Who knew the meals developed by slaves would evolve into a multi million-dollar industry; developing scores of millionaires and starting thousands of related businesses. Today soul food is the result of recipes and cooking techniques handed down from generation to generation for over 300 years.

It is the purpose of this site to keep that legacy growing and evolving.

Many common foods used in soul food originated in Africa. For example, okra, black eye peas, watermelon, yams and many leafy green vegetables to name a few.

To survive the hot days in the south filled with long workdays and no wages, the black worker needed to have food that was cheap but filling. Soul food was able to provide the needed energy.

Over the years seasonings and spices helped to improve the flavor and satisfaction of the food.

Looking back and judging by today's health food standards the slaves had a much better diet than the slave masters. While the slave masters and owner filled themselves with foods rich in fat, salt and high in calories and washed it down with alcohol. The slaves had to have a diet of mostly vegetables, fruit, nuts and water. Most slaves ate meat only on special occasions such as Christmas.

Long before the term soul food came in vogue in the 1960's. Slaves called it: good times food. After the long week of backbreaking work in the hot southern fields the slaves always looked forward to a day, usually Sunday, when they could relax and get together with friends, family and food. This represented good times and the food they ate when they experienced it. Today we call it soul food.

"If you walk by and the aroma doesn't greet you at the door ... Keep on walking.

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