It was the men’s turn to be the cooks; and this they did in style and abundance. Their menu: fried chicken, baked chicken, pig’s feet, chitterlings, rice and beans, potato salad, collard greens, cornbread, sweet potato pie, coconut pie and bread pudding—all soul foods.
Some may ask exactly what soul food is. To begin with, soul food is comfort food. It was born in the United States, originated and developed by slaves and their descendants. Its humble beginnings started with leftovers; the slaves used what their masters did not eat. They combined these leftovers with home-grown vegetables, creating their own dishes. Nothing was wasted. An evening meal following a long day of back-breaking work in the hot southern sun brought food for their souls at the day’s end. Recipes were verbally shared, but rarely written down, and became African-American cuisine.