Soul Food In African American Culture

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The term Soul Food originated from the cuisine developed by African Slaves mainly from the American South. A dark period in the history of the United States resulted in a cuisine fashion from the meager ingredients available to slaves and sharecropper black families. The meat used was usually the least desirable cuts and vegetables, some bordering weeds, were all that was available for the black slaves to prepare nutritious meals for their families. From the meager ingredients involved a cuisine that is simply yet hearty and delicious.

Soul Food includes, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, black eyed peas, cabbage, yams, mashed potatoes, corn bread, cracklin, fried fish, pig feet, chitterlings, rolls, sweet potatoe pie, cakes, peach cobbler, watermelon, and kool-aide etc. These meals are common meals generally associated with grandmothers and traditional moms from several years past.
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Soul food traditionally have been celebrated for years with African American families. It is traditionally a part of Sunday dinners, birthdays, church fellowships, and Holiday celebrations. It is also a big part of African American church fellowships and it is used to comfort families during in times of loss, such as, funeral
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