It's one of the most popular foods left that was originated solely in America. Surprisingly most popular foods in the U.S originated in Europe and Mexico. But soul food recipes is an American original.
It's a symbol of struggle, sacrifice as well as progress. Soul food recipes helped to build America, one of the greatest countries on earth. Think about it, the food that nourished slaves, civil rights leaders and protest marchers, now nourish media moguls, congress men and women and even a U.S President.
Yes, it was birthed from the shackles of slavery and struggle to quietly evolve into a 100 million dollar industry. Now it's a lucrative industry that represents restaurants, food manufacturing, book and magazine publishing, DVD's and television shows to name a few. Yes, historically and currently soul food recipes represent a viable spoke in the economic wheel in most African American communities in America.
Soul food recipes include the ingredients and history that has helped to serve budget minded families over hundreds of years. It has long stood the test of time as a recession proof tool that has helped struggling families reduce their food cost. The ingredients are the most filling and stick-to-your ribs satisfying food known to man. It's helped untold numbers of struggling families make it through lean times and eat good for the least amount of money.
Despite a temporary lapse in popularity, because of health issues pointed out by health experts a few years ago, it has easily adapted to temporary controversy. Soul food cooking remained popular while it slowly changed to healthier ingredients, cooking methods and preparation techniques.
Like the people who originated it, soul food cooking continues to gain its strength and longevity from its ability to adapt to changing times and consumer demands. As the consumer grows more health conscious, soul food recipes continue to add healthier cooking techniques and ingredients to match the trend.
For example, traditional seasonings like fatback, ham hocks and lard is history and eliminated from most soul food recipes today. Now you'll find healthier ingredients such as fat free smoked turkey, natural herbs and spices and healthier cooking techniques. These new changes is used to preserve not only the flavors but the nutrients and vitamins.
All these changes have helped guarantee soul food recipes will continue to make Black history and not just be history for future generations.
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