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What’s Your Soul Food Remix?

By Marcus Samuelsson | July 9, 2013

Korean ban chan at Plaza Market

Korean ban chan at Plaza Market

For the last four years, I’ve been able to travel throughout the country, meeting people and hearing their personal stories, and sharing my own. I’ve witnessed the history of artisan food in Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, the artistic sensibility of Austin restauranteurs, and the budding food scene in Oakland, California. I’ve met with chefs, readers, fans, and cooks who all celebrate food and culture in their own ways, and want to share what they’re doing.

What’s become clear is that food is a lifeblood to all communities, and it’s been how I’ve been able to connect with everyone across cultures. Making and enjoying food is practicing our culture with family and friends, but it’s communicating it with everyone . Like great music, great food doesn’t have barriers between people. Read More

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Southern Comfort: A Chat with Hill Country’s Ash Fulk

By Diana Tsuchida | June 11, 2012

Ash Fulk of Hill Country Chicken

Ash Fulk of Hill Country Barbecue

You may remember Ash Fulk from his days as the bow tie wearing contestant on Top Chef Las Vegas. Or perhaps you’ve had the pleasure of devouring some of his culinary handiwork at Hill Country Barbecue in New York’s Flatiron district, where customers often clamor for a taste of their famed ribs and moist brisket. A Californian by birth, the vibrant Chef de Cuisine oozes passion about his craft and proclaims he was actually raised a Southerner; fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy was his requested meal every single birthday. He also harbors fond memories of eating fresh corn from his mother’s garden. These simple and nostalgic food experiences would inevitably shape his culinary approach and zeal for feeding others.

As his technique advanced, he made his way from one coast to the other in his pursuit of doing what he loved most: cooking comfort food with elegant flair. Read More


The Lighter Side of Southern Cuisine

By admin | January 24, 2012

Photo:  Muy Yum

Photo: Muy Yum

With talks of Southern Food Queen Paula Deen revealing her diagnosis of diabetes, many have started to wonder the health benefits, if any, of Southern cooking. What we traditionally think of comfort or soul food, Southern cuisine has taken many names in recent years, but can always be distinguished by its rib-sticking, deep-fried, cheesy goodness. Yet, what we confuse Southern cooking for, in fact is really just preparation. The basis for classic Southern dishes is really the ingredients not its battered and deep-fried methods.

To bring light to this common misconception, Chef Virginia Willis, has written her third cookbook, “Back to Brillian, Y’all” what shows a lighter side to what we know as heavy Southern cooking. In a recent Reuters interview, Chef Willis clarifies what true Southern cooking entails and why people often equate the cuisine with America’s obesity problem. Read More


Soul Food Series, Part III: Dooky Chase’s and Creole

By admin | January 11, 2012

Photo: Gwen Harlow

Photo: Gwen Harlow

By: Ashley Bode

There are several restaurants throughout the country that serve as cultural landmarks and sources of inspiration for all restauranteurs.  Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse is the icon for California Cuisine and Farm to Table dining, Daniel and Le Cirque are the cornerstones of the French American culinary adventure and Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans owns the category of Soul food.

Soul food has its roots in the South, so it would be fitting that the center of the movement is located in the heart of the Bayou.  In the 1950s, Leah Chase worked her way into her husband’s family restaurant, Dooky Chase, using her experience working in restaurants situated in the white dominant French Quarter. Read More


Soul Food Series, Part II: Chicago and Its Southern Roots

By Ashley Bode | December 14, 2011

Photo: Southern Foodways Alliance

Photo: Southern Foodways Alliance

This week in our Soul Food Series, we discuss soul food in Chicago and its traditional approach to this historic cuisine. Chicago is a city that is rich in food culture. This Midwestern mecca has so many flavors to offer that if may be hard to decide which one best represents the city. Perhaps the most important of these food traditions is soul food, a part of the city’s DNA that is irreplaceable, but recently has begun to evolve.

The emergence of soul food in Chicago came during a time many know as The Great Migration. From 1910 to 1930 more than 1.5 million African Americans migrated from Southern roots to Midwest, West and Northern cities. Read More


Soul Food Series, Part I: What is Soul Food?

By admin | December 1, 2011

Photo:  hawaii

Photo: hawaii

By: Ashley Bode

When one thinks of American comfort food, immediately thoughts of traditional dishes like Fried Chicken, Biscuits, and Mac ‘n’ Cheese, or what we know as soul food, come to mind. But what exactly is soul food? To many people soul food is a tradition. It encompasses more than just the components of a meal and it’s more than a style of cooking. It’s not just Southern cooking, its not Creole, but it is recipes that have been passed for generations that speak to the experience of African Americans as a whole.

Just as European Americans, Latin Americans or Asian Americans celebrate their culture and heritage through holidays and common experience, African Americans share the one thing that was not taken from them during the time of Slavery: food traditions and recipes. It was the only thing carried from generation to generation, from the plantations of the South to urban hotspots and northern, suburban living. Read More


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