Hi Meltingpot Readers,
Sometimes I really love my job as a writer and cultural thinker. It sounds very nebulous to describe myself that way and granted, there’s not a lot of money in the business of thinking and talking, but it does provide some wonderful opportunities. Like last night. I had the honor of playing ‘hostess’ at a literary dinner celebrating this wonderful new book called, Soul Food:The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time. The menu for the meal was pulled from recipes in the book and was so delicious. Meanwhile, the author, Adrian Miller, entertained the audience with his fascinating story of the origins of Soul Food as well some of the myths and misunderstandings often associated with this under appreciated cuisine. The book is well-written and engaging as well as chock full of fascinating information. I highly recommend it for any foodie, soul food scholar and/or Black culture enthusiast. And last night’s dinner was so good, I highly recommend the restaurant, Geechee Girl Rice Cafe, if you happen to be in Philly.
Here are some photos of our delicious meal. Try not to drool over dinner.
What do you think of when you hear soul food? I’m listening.