What is Soul Food? The Ultimate Guide With Recipes & Restaurants

What Is Soul Food? Definition Revealed

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Southern-Style Collard Greens

Southern Style Collard Greens Soul Food Recipe

For those trying to delve a bit more into soul food cooking in their chef, you should try this next recipe.

While collard greens are delicious on their own, they’re even better when you add in extra ingredients.

Bacon, onion, and garlic are simple additions to this recipe that’ll knock it right into the heart of your stomach.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Soul Food Buttermilk Biscuits

How many of you hate recipes that you need a million ingredients to make? I do!

If you want to make delicious buttermilk biscuits, you only need five ingredients according to Southern Living.

Perfect for making 24 biscuits, we don’t judge if you eat them all on your own!

Southern Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp and Grits Soul Food

Are you looking to eat in a hurry?

If you’re not willing to wait even an hour for your meal, you need to try this Southern Shrimp and Grits recipe.

With 15 minutes for prep and 20 minutes for cooking, you can sit down with your plate in as quick as 35 minutes.

While there are a few ingredients required, this recipe includes two steps to savory shrimp and grits.

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler Soul Food Dessert

What’s soul food without dessert?

One of my favorite dishes, you can never go wrong with peach cobbler.

Some work will be required to make the best crust, but making the filling is easy.

This recipe guarantees only 15 minutes of prep.

You can then sit back and relax for 45 minutes while it bakes.

Soul Food Cookbooks To Get Your Hands On

Want to take things further?

One of these cookbooks may be for you:

Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration

Carla Hall Soul Food Cookbook

If you’ve ever watched The Chew or Top Chef, you know Carla Hall.

An award-winning chef, she released a soul food cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food at the end of 2018.

With soul food as the base, Hall mixes in African and Caribbean flavors to her recipes.

Sylvia’s Soul Food: Recipes From Harlem’s World-Famous Restaurant

Sylvia's Soul Food Cook Book

If you’re headed to Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem, NY, you need to check out her soul food cook book!

Sylvia’s Soul Food features delicious recipes that range the entirety of soul food.

From simple egg recipes to fried catfish, her recipes are sure to make you drool.

Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul

Vegan Soul Kitchen Cookbook

Have you ever wondered how vegan eaters are able to eat soul food? Me too!

If you’re vegan or cooking for someone who is, check out Sweet Potato Soul.

Staying away from all animal products, chef Jenne Claiborn gives in-depth recipes for those who eat a plant-based diet.

A Few Soul Food Quotes

Do you need a few quotes to live by?

You might even need a new caption for your latest Instagram post!

Here are two soul food quotes to keep in mind and in your belly.

Bless this bread, bless this meat, bless this belly ‘cause I’s gon’ eat!
Soul Food, the movie

A recipe has no soul, you as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.
Thomas Keller

Soul Food Fashion

Never knew there was a thing like soul food fashion, did you?

If you love soul food and fashion, check out these tees to get your life right!

In A World Full of Snacks, Be Soul Food

Soul Food Tee Shirt

Everyone is out here trying to be a snack, but fashion brand Izzy & Liv is asking us, why be a snack when you can be soul food?

Soul Food, 90’s Hip Hop

Soul Food and Hip Hop Tee Shirt

Can you go wrong with mixing hip hop with delicious food? Red Bubble doubts it.

I’m Only Here For The Soul Food T-Shirt

I'm Only Here for the Soul Food Tee Shirt

When you go to a cookout, some might think you’re there for a good time.

If you’re not, let them know that you really only Sylvia’s Restaurant with this Know Definition tee.

What Is Soul Food Conclusion

Fried Fish is another popular soul food.

When it comes to African-American culture, there are a few things that can immediately unite us.

Soul food is definitely one of them.

While soul food originated from the south, you’ll find it in all corners of the United States and even all over the world.

The rich flavors are what make it “soulful,” and we can’t lie.

The artery-clogging properties of many of the dishes are what make us come back to it time and time again.

Most people think that being able to cook the most perfect soul food dish is only something few can do, but it doesn’t hurt to try!

There are tons of resources to help you bring soul food into your kitchen.

If that doesn’t work, you easily find a local soul food restaurant or travel to a popular one around the world.

No matter where you travel, you’ll find that soul food’s foundations are built on chicken, fish, pork and vegetables like sweet potatoes and corn meal.

While soul foods are often cooked together, they work well by infusing them with Caribbean flavors.

If you’re a fan of meshing cultures together, check out how to cook plaintains, a Caribbean dish that is perfect for meshing with soul food.

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