• Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family
  • Soul Food Love Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family
  • Soul Food Love Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family
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A mother-daughter duo reclaims and redefines soul food by mining the traditions of four generations of black women and creating 80 healthy recipes to help everyone live longer and stronger.

In May 2012, bestselling author Alice Randall penned an op-ed in the New York Times titled “Black Women and Fat,” chronicling her quest to be “the last fat black woman” in her family. She turned to her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams, for help. Together they overhauled the way they cook and eat, translating recipes and traditions handed down by generations of black women into easy, affordable, and healthful—yet still indulgent—dishes, such as Peanut Chicken Stew, Red Bean and Brown Rice Creole Salad, Fiery Green Beans, and Sinless Sweet Potato Pie. Soul Food Love relates the authors’ fascinating family history (which mirrors that of much of black America in the twentieth century), explores the often fraught relationship African-American women have had with food, and forges a powerful new way forward that honors their cultural and culinary heritage. This is what the strong black kitchen looks like in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (February 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804137935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804137935
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Really read it before you judge

35 people found this helpful.
 on February 9, 2015
By M. Ringe
I found this in review on yahoo food. It seemed intriguing. I used to work in an African-American school and the dean of students would sometimes bring in soul food and it was so ridiculously delicious that when I learned of this book, I thought I would try a soul food cooking spell. Since I’m working on eating more healthfully the premise seemed perfect.

In LOVE with this soulful book…

5 people found this helpful.
 on February 10, 2015
By Ronita
This book is a beautifully woven story of food in history. This mommy/daughter duo did an amazing job of capturing in each story what it meant to cook during that era. The women, the food, the love shared and lost. I personally can relate to Joan’s love affair with cookbooks. I am a proud collector and love getting lost in these pages. It’s not only a cookbook but a history book full of deeply soulful stories. I can’t put this book down! Job well done ladies.

enchanting family history and wonderful recipes

 on March 4, 2015
By skc
I am looking forward to cooking most of the recipes in this book. I am also inspired to go through my grandmother’s recipe cards I inherited so I can preserve and creatively update her recipes. I was reminded how taste changes when I made a 40+ year old Julia Child quiche recipe for a family birthday last Sunday. It was delicious and I was willing to splurge on the cream, but my half asleep Sunday morning self added the entire teaspoon of salt that the recipe called for over-riding the flashing lightbulb in my brain warning that was too much salt. It was way too much salt for today’s palate, but probably not for 1970. The cream carried it off and guests wanted the left-overs, but next time less salt, less cream, and more milk will make the recipe delicious and more guilt free. Finally I have so many recipes I have been looking for. Greens without salt pork, a wonderful sweet potato, kale and black-eyed peas stew, gorgeous asparagus soup . . I can’t wait to start cooking.


2 people found this helpful.
 on April 27, 2015
By Margaret Jenkins
I love the fact that this is a book with stories AND Recipes. The stories provide a background and history leading to the recipes in the book, in addition to their MEANING. I plan to make many, many recipes from this book and it looks great on the living room table. Dining as a family has been lost in recent years for many households. It is good to know that people can come together for meals and give their kids some good memories.

Best cookbook in my house.

 on March 6, 2017
By N. Palmer
I received a copy for Christmas. It is by far the best cook book I have. I bought a copy for a friend for her birthday as she had enjoyed several dishes that I have shared with her.

Soul Food Love teaches history, culture, revised recipes to celebrate family togetherness without overdoing it…in healthy way.

2 people found this helpful.
 on April 5, 2015
By Glen's Mom
Love it! Great recipes…..shared historical and cultural traditions….wonderful explanation of

Great recipes and family stories!

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 23, 2015
Great cookbook and family stories! I first saw a few of the recipes in Southern Living, and tried them all! Wonderful, especially fond of the Sweet Potato Broth!! Not just for black cooks or soul food lovers, the recipes are time tested and delicious.

Making foods we love healthier and tastier without losing flavor.

3 people found this helpful.
 on May 12, 2015
By A T
An interesting and enlightening story of family, love and forward looking pursuit of health without abandoning foods and flavors close to the hearts and memories of those who love soul food.

Not Grease and Carbs! Most Excellent, Truely Healthy Fare

One person found this helpful.
 on March 1, 2016
By Dan
I bought this book after hearing it reviewed on a radio episode of America’s Test Kitchen.. and I have been blown away by it.

Stunning Social History: Yummy Healthy Food

One person found this helpful.
 on June 22, 2015
By killer9
It’s an amazing gift to be able to look back and catalogue a century of family foodways, accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and give birth to healthy, delicious recipes which will enable our children to avoid debilitating disease.