It isn't easy finding a platter of honest-to-God soul food in this town. A lot of what is passed off as the genuine article may be Creole cuisine or Texas barbecue or tarted-up country cooking, but it isn't soul food. Soul food is all about sweetness and heat and salt and smoke, the earthy intensity that comes from slow cooking and deep fat and the pungent flavors of root greens, pigmeat, and black-eyed peas. It's the cooking of the enslaved and poor blacks of the South who had to make do with turnip tops and ham bones, and through skill and ingenuity created a cuisine that is hankered after to this day,... More >>>