• 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

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.


 on August 18, 2017
By Mistygillum

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.

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.

I have recommended the book to friends and family

One person found this helpful.
 on March 19, 2015
By Teresa Hering
Finally,Southern cooking that doesn’t lead to a heart attack. This book is front and center on my cookbook shelves. Hurray for someone who doesn’t go in for ingredients that are regional. I have recommended the book to friends and family.

This is a great cookbook and fun to read

One person found this helpful.
 on June 20, 2015
This is a great cookbook and fun to read! I love the way they have cut down some of the unhealthy parts of the original recipes while still maintaining all the flavor!

Superb book!

One person found this helpful.
 on March 29, 2015
By Southern lady of years
Superb book – beautifully and lovingly written. Have already tried two of the recipes and found they are excellent. Kudos to the mother-daughter authors!

I love the marriage of healthy and soul food int his …

 on April 13, 2016
I love the marriage of healthy and soul food int his book. recipes are tasty and provide a healthy alternative to many cultural dishes. Its a hard back book.