Edible Black History
In celebration of Black History Month, we are excited to partner with James Beard Award winning author, Adrian Miller (aka the Soul Food Scholar) to share the history of soul food and delicious recipes. The team at AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate is dedicated to sharing not just the history of chocolate, but of other cuisines that connect us and help tell the stories of triumph and trial of the American journey.
About Soul Food
Excerpted from Soul Food, The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time by Adrian Miller
Down through history, African American cuisine has gone by several names since enslaved West Africans arrived in British North America: slave food, the master’s leftovers, southern food, country cooking, home cooking, down home cooking, Negro food, and soul food. Those are the more polite names that have been used. Of them, “southern food” and “soul food” are the labels most used, but they also tend to confuse. [I want to explore] where southern food ends and soul food begins, and why soul food became the most recognized aspect of African American cooking. My hope is that by sharing the intriguing story of how soul food developed, people of all stripes will be more apt to try this cuisine. Soul food’s not in immediate danger of becoming extinct, but it certainly faces the prospect of being needlessly obscure. That can change if stereotypes of and negative associations with soul food become perishable items instead of something processed for a long shelf life.
Upcoming Event: Does Soul Food Need a Warning Label?
Tuesday, February 23 at 7pm EST
You may think that you know the true history of soul food, but you probably don’t! Register for this FREE virtual event with Adrian Miller and Mars Wrigley Chocolate Historian David Borghesani.
Coffee with America featuring Adrian Miller
Saturday, February 13
Adrian is going to share some historic and delicious details about soul food, as well as how food and sharing a meal can be a powerful tool for reconciliation. There are multiple times so check your local listings.
Adrian's Favorite Recipes
Here are some of Adrian’s favorite recipes, excerpted from his book Soul Food, the Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time. We hope you enjoy, and please share photos with us on Instagram or Facebook. Tag either @americanheritagechocolate or @soulfoodscholar.
About Adrian Miller
Adrian Miller is a food writer, James Beard Award winner, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, Colorado. He has served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, a senior policy analyst for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr., and a Southern Foodways Alliance board member. You can find more about Adrian on his website.
Books by Adrian Miller
The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time This book won the James Beard Foundation Award for Scholarship and Reference in 2014.Buy Now
The President’s Kitchen Cabinet
The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas This book was published on President’s Day 2017. It was a finalist for a 2018 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction,” and the 2018 Colorado Book Award for History.Buy Now
African Americans and the United States of Barbecue This book will be published Spring 2021.