Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family

Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family


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A mother-daughter duo reclaims and redefines soul food by mining the traditions of four generations of black women and creating 80 healthy recipes to help everyone live longer and stronger.

After bestselling author Alice Randall penned an op-ed in the New York Times titled “Black Women and Fat,” chronicling her quest to be “the last fat black woman” in her family, she turned to her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams, for help. Together they overhauled the way they cook and eat, translating recipes and traditions handed down by generations of black women into easy, affordable, and healthful—yet still indulgent—dishes, such as Peanut Chicken Stew, Red Bean and Brown Rice Creole Salad, Fiery Green Beans, and Sinless Sweet Potato Pie. Soul Food Love relates the authors’ fascinating family history (which mirrors that of much of black America in the twentieth century), explores the often fraught relationship African-American women have had with food, and forges a powerful new way forward that honors their cultural and culinary heritage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804137935
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 289,233
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

ALICE RANDALL is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Wind Done Gone, Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, Rebel Yell, and Ada’s Rules and the only person to ever study with Julia Child for credit at Harvard. An acknowledged authority on African-American cookbooks, Randall teaches at Vanderbilt University. She also writes country music, including Trisha Yearwood's now classic “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl).” Randall has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a Health Champion and is Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Nashville Ambassador.
CAROLINE RANDALL WILLIAMS, an award-winning published poet and Harvard graduate. She spent two years teaching public school in the Mississippi Delta as a corps member with Teach for America, during which time she coauthored of The Diary of B.B. Bright, Possible Princess with her mother, Alice Randall. She owns more than 1,000 cookbooks.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Tale of Five Kitchens 8

By Alice

Dear 12

Grandma 25

Nana 37

Mama 49

By Carolise

Baby Girl 66

Sips & Bites 78

Soups 102

Main Dishes 116

Sides & Salads 144

Desserts 176

Crowns 190

For a Crowd 202

Afterword … and a Prayer 215

Acknowledgement 218

Index 221

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Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GeecheeGal More than 1 year ago
I did not find the "healthy take" on the recipes in this book to be particularly ethnic or soulful, given that my family is from the Sea Islands and South Carolina Low Country. I was hoping for more recipes for sweet potatoes, greens and black eye peas, all healthy food choices, depending on the way they're prepared. Overall, this is a good book of recipes, but the recipes are not culturally defining because they're Ms. Randall's family recipes. We know that, for the most part, what is considered "soul food" in America is very regional, and the red beans and rice that my Grandma made are not the same as the red beans and rice that my best friend's New Orleans Grandma made. However, if you like culinary diversity, this is a good book to add to your cookbook collection.
SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
A heartwarming tale of food and family, Soul Food Love brings just that--love! Love for food and family permeate the pages. Comfort food--the kind you want to feed those you love--is prepared with a healthy twist, just another example of love. We want those we love to be around a long time so we can feed them goodies such as Spicy Pepper Chicken, Shrimp Stew, Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Zest, Chopped Spinach and Turkey Salad, Herb Roasted Salmon and more so we can show our love with HEALTHY comfort food. Kudos to Ms. Randall! I received a copy of this book through Blogging for Books for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really was surprised when a coworker handed me a recipe from this cookbook and told be that I would love it. Why? I am not a fan of butter. Soul Food was not to my taste. I was so impressed with that recipe that I picked up the book. Caroline takes us back to the roots of Soul Food and brings flavor to the table. The recipes that I have tried have been a mix of flavors, not depending on lard and butter but on spices and the flavors of the food itself. Recipes made one day can easily be blended with other ingredients to make a leftover meal which I find a bonus in my 2-person household.