Adrian Miller is afraid that Soul Food is getting a bad rap. Calorie-laden and irresistible, it’s hurting the health of the African-American community. But there’s a reason why dishes like macaroni and cheese, greens, catfish, and cornbread are beloved and held as cultural emblems. In this book, Miller explores one dish at a time, and uncovers food metaphors that cross cultures and that Soul Food is nuanced and varied, from the Chesapeake to the Appalachians.
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