Soul Food Love

Healthy Recipes Inspired by 100 Years of Cooking in a Black Family
by Alice Randall and Carole Randall Williams

I am a collector of books and cookbooks are no different, I love cookbooks! I love finding new recipes and making new dishes. Soul Food Love is really 3 books in 1. It’s a book full of history, its a cookbook and it is a collection of personal family stories. That makes this book so neat and different from other cook books that I own and have read. Yes, you read right I said read a cookbook. I am a foodie at heart and love reading cookbooks cover to cover just like a regular book. Soul Food Love is a book that will push me out of my comfort zone and make me try new foods.

The first 70 + pages is all about their family history and talks about how this cookbook came about. It is a compilation of 5 kitchens, 3 generations and 100 years. It is also about how the recipes in the book are from “baby girls” kitchen and how she wanted to make their long cherished recipes healthy. I really don’t think any of the recipes call for anything you can’t get at your local grocery store or super target or walmart. In the late spring to late fall you could grow a lot of the ingredients in your garden.

The recipe categories are divided up into Sips and Bites, Soups, Main Dishes, Sides and Salads Desserts, Crowns and For a Crowd. There are some I will make over and over and some I just skip just like any cookbook or foodie magazine.

Favorites of mine from each section:

Sips and Bites: Southern Hummus and Black Eyes Pea Hummus ( that uses natural peanut butter not the expensive hard to find sesame paste! Score, Win Win!), Homemade Salsa with Cucumber Chips (great flavorful salsa with sliced cucumbers), Homemade Peanut Butter (which you can use in the hummus recipes)

Soups: Sweet Potato Broth (which I would consider similar to pureed tomato soup only better because it’s sweet potatoes!), Broccoli Soup, Chicken Broth (which I really need to start making and stop buying),

Main Dishes:  Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Onion, Spicy Pepper Chicken (YUM!), Turkey Burgers ( a favorite in our house), Red and Black Bean Burgers (great for Lent Fridays or a meatless “meaty” burger), Sweet Potato Kale and Black Eyed Pea Soup (not sure why this isn’t in the soup section but who cares it is yummy!) Red Beans and Brown Rice Creole Salad, and lastly one that only my husband eats and loves Salmon Croquettes with dill sauce (I stay away from all things ocean wise. He loves these!)

Sides and Salads: A Mess of Greens (love me some greens!), Simple Spinach, Broccoli with peanuts and raisins, Roasted Asparagus with lemon zest, Roasted Green Onions, Any Day Snap Beans (this one is just like what my Grandma in South Carolina made. Brings back memories of spending hours snapping those beans and talking!), Fiery Green Beans, Sweet Potato Skewers, Links Salad (I could eat this whole recipe all by myself) , Savory Avocado Salad with Corn Peppers and Cilantro (this is not quac, it is so good, tasty and filling!), Chopped Spinach and Turkey Salad, Herbed Corn and the Cob, Old School Salad Plate revisited

Crowns: Cauliflower Crown and Crepe Stack

For A Crowd: Bills Whole Smoked Turkey, Breakfast Casserole and another one my husband eats that he loves and I have to take his word and empty plate for it: Herb roasted Salmon filet.

As you can see there are a lot of post flags coming out of this book and so many yummy new foods to rotate through out our menu. I’m glad I was able to review Soul Food Love and I hope you enjoy the stories and recipes as much I have if you pick up a copy.

thank you blogging for books and Crown Publishing for sending me a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were no way influenced by the free book.