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  • Read (and learn to write your own) Family Memories where food provides a backdrop for challenging life issues.

    my soul 2 keep


    links "Soul2Keep" to sites

    with news, profiles, recipes, restaurant reviews or

    general interest that

    speak to our soul.


    Black and Brown America Cookbooks and Recipes

    Recipe Collections from People of Color:


    Use our Soul2Keep Recipe Finder:

    Searching for the best recipe for Chitterlings? Charlotte Russe? Calas? Locating lost recipes is our favorite challenge....


    After glancing at the photograph above:

    Do you think there are enough volumes in our Soul2Keep reference library?

    Answer: Of course not. There's another room of wrap-around book shelves and a spacious storage space filled with....cookbooks and cooking antiques.

    Send Recipe Requests or Recipes to Share (with name, e-mail or snail-mail address and telephone number) to dpierce@blackamericacooks.com



    Donna Pierce

    Soul2Keep/Recipe Request

    535 N. Michigan Ave. #3105

    Chicago, IL 60611

    Do you have the Answer to a Reader Request or a Favorite Recipe to Share?



    We'll post the most recent requests and answers here in our cookbook gallery.

    Current Sample Recipe Requests:

    • Eleanor M., Chicago is looking for a recipe for Buttermilk Pie
    • R. Harris is looking for a recipe for Hot Water Biscuits
    • J. Jackson is looking for a soulful make-ahead reunion main dish

    Soul (food) to Keep

    African Americans, Caribbean Americans and Blacks of African descent have long stirred pots containing more than soul food in North America, the Caribbean, South America and Europe. But the soul food label, made popular during the 1960’s and 1970’s, survives in the 21st century as a delicious brand that includes family celebration dinners and survival recipes we don’t want to lose.

    At BlackAmericaCooks.com, we pay deep respect to the elegance and graciousness of unnamed top chefs and family cooks who created and/or revised soulful “down home” and upscale “uptown” recipe renditions ranging from beaten biscuits to cheese croquettes and sweet potato pie to Strawberry Sarabande.

    BlackAmericaCooks.com menus, recipes, videos, slideshow, interviews, blogs and columns highlight home cooks, top chefs and restaurant recipes and dishes (from French to Finnish) created by someone Black in the kitchen...including:

    Authentic, soul food recipes for celebrations ... and.... Healthy versions of soul food and southern recipes for those who want a hint of the flavors of home for everyday healthy eating...



    Classic Recipes from

    Favorite Cookbooks


    Chicken Salad

    Jessica Harris


    Click on the link below to learn about Jessica Harris and her cookbooks:



    Click on "The Welcome Table"  by Jessica Harris (Simon & Schuster, 1995) for a delicious traditional

    chicken salad recipe.



    Joyce White

    Click on "Soul Food" by Joyce White (1998) for a chicken salad recipe from the author whose "Brown Sugar" (Harper Collins, 2003) includes "soul-inspired" sweets.






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