Surprisingly, the history of Soul Food dates back to the late 15th century but not until the 1960s did it become known and sought after. ‘Soul Food’ is term used for a specific ethnic cuisine. It refers to the food prepared by the African-American people living in southern United States of America. This style of cooking and this cuisine evolved during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Most of the cultural things related to Africa are commonly referred to with the word ‘soul’, like African music is called ‘Soul Music’ as well.
Soul Food is a cuisine that has very simple recipes and simple, ordinary ingredients. However, even without much culinary embellishments, Soul Food is rather delicious and now has gained appeal almost all over the world. Traditionally prepared Soul Food used to be very high in fat, cholesterol, calories, sodium and starch. Although the hard-working people of that time could burn it out but these days, people who eat soul foods without caution, often end up with hight blood pressure, blood sugar, diabetes and cholesterol! But contemporary changes have made a significant impact on the acceptance of this cuisine internationally and made it more tasty and healthy.
Today, however, Soul Food restaurants are making it quite big when people have become more aware, experimental and out-going. Pork is one of the prime ingredients in soul food dishes. There is a dish make with almost every part of a pig. Other than that, fish and chicken also form some of the important dishes on the dinner table. Changing perceptions on healthy eating and affordability of folks have substituted the use of cooking lard with vegetable oil or canola oil and lot of meaty preparations made with pork left overs to be made with turkey. Shrimps, oysters and crab are delightful as well!
Individual ingredients of Soul Food cuisine do have a lot of nutritional value such as the use of a leafy vegetable call collard which is rich in vitamins and minerals. Peas, legumes and beans form excellent inexpensive sources of protein and fiber. Sweet potatoes help in reducing blood sugar and provide anti-cancer nutrients.
Among the African-Americans, all celebrations encourage the act of sharing with one another. There is a deeply embedded feeling of belonging. These days there are restaurants even in India that serve delights from this cuisine. Check out www.bookyourtable.com and choose a restaurant of your choice. Even if you are not exactly looking for Soul Food, find out what catches your fancy. Call 076767 76767 for reservation to have a smooth dining out experience.