19 Bella Tapas BYOB Restaurant

The Truth About Soul Food

The Truth About Soul Food

Author Celia Barbour and Oprah.com gives us The Truth About Soul Food.  She says “Eating organically, sustainably, and locally is just the latest eco-foodie trend—right? Hardly. African-Americans have been doing it for 200 years, and their vibrant, veggie-centric traditions are worth reviving. Celia Barbour heeds the collards.
Here’s a confession: I thought I knew a thing or two about soul food, but I didn’t. I assumed, for instance, that it originated roughly 200 years ago, give or take a few decades. I believed that its essential ingredient was pork—especially the less savory cuts: trotters, snouts, tails, and entrails—and that deep-fat frying was its definitive technique. And I presumed that this cuisine was responsible, in some vague and sinister way, for the rash of obesity-related health problems that have beset African-Americans.

Fortunately, my journey to enlightenment was neither arduous nor greasy, though it did require frequent stops to sample—er, research—the subject.

It was set in motion by an offhand remark. “Soul food didn’t even exist before the 1960s,” said an in-the-know friend over lunch one day. Huh? So I looked it up. Turns out she was half-right: The term was coined in 1964, according to Webster’s—though the cuisine has features that go back millennia, to precolonial Africa. The soul food I thought I knew, however, turned out to be little more than a grease-spattered cliché.

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  • 19 Bella
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    Timothy C.
    Timothy C.
    2019-04-14 08:03:58
    We went for breakfast to this charming place. Unique menu, very nice atmosphere. Little pricey if your used to the corner Cafe but its was a pleasant...
    Kelsey C.
    Kelsey C.
    2019-03-05 09:53:28
    Super cute brunch place! My waitress Kate was super friendly and quick. I had a mocha and the corned beef hash, both were excellent. The prices are similar...
    Brigit P.
    Brigit P.
    2018-12-28 13:32:22
    We've been here twice. Relaxing atmosphere and made to order dishes. Only had brunch items so far but we've loved them. Mushroom asparagus scramble with...
    Tiffanie T.
    Tiffanie T.
    2018-10-14 16:51:17
    This place was a quaint place and had great reviews for brunch. It's extremely small so I would either go really early or have reservations. You have the...