The African-American culinary heritage is rich, enticing, and positively delicious. Soul Food Month is there to celebrate this long and varied tradition. It is sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Chicago, a city famous for its comfort food establishments.

The term “soul food” came into wide use in the 1960s. It started out as a pretty name for dishes which utilized poor man’s ingredients like unusual cuts of meat or unpopular vegetables. However, the inimitable African-American culinary art and knack for turning these unappealing scraps into mouth-watering hearty meals soon transformed America’s view of soul food. Once a euphemism, it is now a trademark for a dining experience with satisfaction guaranteed.

Soul Food Month also reminds us to keep traditions alive: many families celebrate with special dishes passed on over generations. Get on the soul food train and join in the culinary celebration. Feel free to extend the month – you will want to!

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