Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Soul Food Questions - Top FAQ on Soul Food

Soul food continues to rise in popularity. The southern cuisine is famous for its homemade, comfort food feeling. In this age of mass-produced, over processed, fast food, the magical taste and down-home feeling this southern comfort cuisine brings to a table and people's taste buds makes it appealing. The converts continue to grow across color, racial and ethnic lines.

The popular African American food has been around for hundreds of years. Surprisingly many people have little or no idea what it is. Many people born and raised in the Northern United States, Canada or other foreign countries have only a vague idea of what soul food is.

Here's some of the most frequently asked questions.

The origin of soul food recipes go back to the time of slavery in the America. It's one of the few foods that originated in America. The food usually consisted of meats, vegetables and other edibles the slave masters wouldn't or didn't eat. For example, the slave masters gave the cheapest cuts of meat, the less desirable or worse tasting vegetables and fruits to the slaves.

Slowly discovering creative ways to prepare, cook and season the food quickly made it into a special taste treat. Soon the food not only began to taste good , but it supplied the needed energy and staying power slaves needed to work the long days.

Soon slaves began to call it good times food. Why? Because it represented good times as people began to enjoy it on holidays and other special occasions as they still do today. The term soul food, coined in the 1960's, affectionately described the food that was not only good for the body, but good for the soul too.

Over the years cooks have developed cooking and seasoning techniques to make a once undesirable food into a taste treat. Examples of soul food? Sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, collard greens, black eye peas, hot water cornbread, hush puppies and seafood gumbo to name a few.

Is It Bad For Your Health?

Traditional this southern favorite, which used high amounts of animal fats such as lard, used large amounts of salt and included fatty meats have been contributors of various health concerns. For example, high blood, pressure diabetes and other health ailments.

But with new cooking techniques, ingredients and the elimination of animal fats, healthy recipes continue to grow in popularity. The popular African American food continues to collect loyal fans outside the African American community.

What's the Best Way To Choose A Good Restaurant?

There's many points to consider when choosing a good restaurant, such as ambiance, price, reputation, etc. But the best way to choose a good soul food establishment that continues to stand the test of time is simply word of mouth.

One subject people like to brag about is good places they've eaten at. Many of my readers ask me this question. "Roy what's best way to pick a good restaurant?" My answer's always the same, "good restaurants leave witnesses." Let this be your guide when choosing a good soul food restaurant, look for witnesses, if you can't find any ... beware!

Roy Primm has written dozens of soul food articles and other online soul food recipes. For more food for the soul cooking tips, recipes and thousands of free Brand Name Coupons go to Free Soul Food Recipes

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