Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family
By Alice Randall & Carolina Randall Williams
Alice Randall bio states she is a New York Times bestselling author, she is the only person to ever study with Julie Child for credit at Harvard. She is country music writer, she has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a Health Champion and is the Nashville Ambassador of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
Carolina Randall Williams bio states she award-winning published poet, Harvard graduate, co-author, and a teacher. She owns over 1,000 cookbooks.
Soul Food Love takes of through five generations of kitchens where the recipes were handed down generation after generation. Three generation of women weighting more than 200 pounds. The fourth generation refusing to never weigh two hundred pounds. Alice and Carolina takes us though each kitchen and the delightful stories and traditions in the first 77-pages will give you joy and insight into this black families love for food.
The next part of the book are recipes from Carolina “Baby Girl’s Kitchen”. The book holds on to the traditional soul foods, like sweet potatoes, collard greens, and black-eyed peas. Only the way they are prepared is changed. The recipes are meant to give a redo to the old soul foods by reinventing a more updated versions with ingredients that are heart healthy. The Deford’s Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate (pg 160) this recipes is featured on the cover of the book. The recipe gives you everything, it gives sweet from the sweet potatoes and pomegranate, and spicy from the hot red chile peppers. All wholesome ingredients. Another recipe I thought was something that I would try was the substitute for oatmeal called Chia Pudding (pg 214). This recipe you can cook the night before and you wake up to a ready-made breakfast straight from the refrigerator. The book is filled with recipes with vegetables and herbs. Like the Links Salad (pg 163), it has green beans, green peas, cucumbers, basil and lemons and peppers. The recipe is simple to make and good for you.
Eating healthy means making life changes. This book takes the food we love and give them a make over to make them healthier. This book is a good step for someone who does not know how to start eating better. The pictures are beautifully done, the recipes ingredients list are not very long. Carolina even states that you “can cook ever recipes from a Wal-Mart shelf.”
I would recommend this cookbook to anyone who is looking for new take on soul food recipes. Soul Food Love is filled with 80 recipes that you and your family will love. It will also bring love to your heart.
This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.