Soul foodSoul food
describes food traditionally eaten by African Americans
of the Southern United States
. Being poor, only the cheaper, less desirable ingredients were affordable; offcuts of meat, offal, catfish, chickens they raised, and only certain vegetables.
Dishes or ingredients common in soul food include:
- black-eyed peas
- catfish (normally fried with cornbread breading)
- chicken (often fried chicken with cornbread breading)
- collard greens.
- ham hocks
- yams (often candied)
Soul food restaurants are mostly located in the South, but can also be found in major cities such as Chicago
and Los Angeles
. With the exception of chitterlings, which are characteristic of African American cookery, soul food could apply to white Southern cookery as well.