Many people have asked me what “soul food” is. There are as many different opinions on it as there are people in the world, it seems.
The term itself first came into the language in the 1960s, used mostly by African-Americans living in the urban areas of the North to describe the foods that were their culinary heritage.
Soul food was the food they had grown up on in the South , the same food they took with them in the great migration which occurred during the Great Depression and lasted through the 1960s as many African-Americans left the South hoping for greater opportunity in the cities of the North.
Although many people wiser than me have attempted to define it, the best way to answer the question â€œwhat is soul foodâ€ is to simply say it’s the cuisine born when you have far more love than money.
Chef Rick’s Soul Food Recipes: