What is Soul Food?
I have never actually eaten 'authentic' soul food. I am not from the US so the cuisine has always been sort of out of reach to me. I am however attracted to the aesthetic of soul food and I hold a certain appeal for it.
Fried chicken. Collard greens. Macaroni and cheese. Sweet potato pie. Peach cobbler. These are some of the dishes I have seen being included in many soul food menus.
My question here is: what are the staples of the soul food cusine?
I believe that the term is from slavery days,when slaves had to make the best of unwanted/leftover parts of veggies and meats (pigs feet and dandelion greens for example). And its also blend of a few ingredients from africa like okra, as well as spices which would be available at the time. At the end of a hard day when slaves got to see their family,food,communion,and music was food for the soul.
The '60's in the U.S.A. were a period when many groups of historically disenfranchised banded together as a political/self empowering/pride based unit. Women, black, gay - many others. The term "soul" came into common usage at this point.
This link has an extensive link of foods associated with soul cooking.