So, you may be asking yourself, “what is New Soul Food anyway?” Is it really new? Is is really soul food? Do you have to be from the country to know what it is? I’m originally form the south so soul food to me was comfort food. I traveled a lot and lived in a lot of places so soul food to me is any stick to your ribs, grandma special, taco truck, BBQ shack, street food, rail car, noodle hut, camp fire, houseboat, backyard, picnic grill, pit cooked, deep fried meal that invariably requires simple ingredients, very little set-up and even less money. Amen.
Soul food has it’s origins as “poor people food”. That is, meals that hardworking folks put together on a hamhock and prayer to fill hungry bellies. More often than not soul food tends to be these things:
- simple (very few ingredients)
- fresh (made from what’s available literally right now)
- cheap (beans+hamhock+ water = meal for a whole family)
- smack yer mama delicious
Our goal at NewSoulFood.com is to keep traditional soul food alive and also inject new life into regional cuisine by using local sustainable ingredients where possible. Am I saying that I’m going to change my grandmas fried chicken recipe and make it better? No. I’m saying that fried chicken is delicious and when I cook it I think about her 35 year old cast iron dutch oven cooking for 20+ people every single Sunday of my childhood. New Soul food is about cooks of all flavors paying homage to old traditions and creating few new ones along the way. Happy eating, y’all!