April 18, 2014
BRYANT TERRY pretty much wrote the book on vegan soul-food cooking, by which I mean 2009's Vegan Soul Kitchen (Da Capo). Not that there were no well-done guides to vegan soul food out there, but Terry's had a huge impact in mainstream and vegan worlds - and on Takia McClendon. About the book that the New York Times said "makes Southern cooking healthy and cool," McClendon related in a phone interview that "it was my first cookbook as a vegan!" Terry, she said, is "someone who really taught me how to cook," inspiring her efforts to connect her community with soul food that tastes great but omits the health, environmental and ethical downsides of traditional fare.
September 11, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Duct tape covers a large crack in the premier booth at Hard Time Josephine's Cooking, where waitresses call you "sweetie" and customers come for the steaming shrimp bisque and homemade peach cobbler that leaves a hint of cinnamon on the tongue. Not long ago, such an eyesore at one of Chicago's top soul-food restaurants would have been unthinkable. Despite the name, times were good: Chicago was a bustling center of black America, and people in the neighborhoods savored Southern-style cooking.
February 20, 1991 |
For the purist, the thought of "healthy" soul food is the culinary equivalent of Aretha Franklin singing "Muskrat Love" or James Brown waltzing. The two just don't fit together. Let's face it. The soul food that for generations has been so good to us, is not exactly good for us. In these health-, heart- and cholesterol-conscious times, we've been bombarded with so much negative rap on the cardio-vascular consequences of partaking of favorites like pork ribs, fried chicken, ham hocks, neck bones, black-eyed peas, collard greens, corn bread and - sigh - sweet potato pie, that we could almost give them up. After all, folks yammering incessantly about high blood pressure and heart disease can really take all the pleasure out of a hearty mound of grits smothered in onion gravy.
September 26, 1997 |
Don't pass on Soul Food, a tender and tasty family comedy set in Chicago. Equally important, don't make the mistake of seeing this heartwarming and cholesterol-elevating film on an empty stomach. Sure, George Tillman Jr.'s movie - a hugely accomplished urban fairy tale with an all-star cast including Vanessa L. Williams and Vivica A. Fox - nourishes the spirit. But the bountiful pans across supper tables groaning with greens, brimming with baked ham, steaming of cornbread and crackling with catfish aggravate hunger pangs, while the story feeds spiritual appetites.
September 26, 1997 |
Don't go to see "Soul Food" hungry. If you do, after seeing all the catfish, macaroni and cheese, black-eyed peas and peach cobbler lovingly photographed on the big screen, you'll probably have to leave abruptly and run to the nearest soul-food restaurant. And you'd miss a feel-good film that does something very rare - shows African-American characters with heart and compassion going about their everyday lives. "Soul Food" is an unabashedly sentimental family drama that will leave your stomach growling and require some tissues for the tears you'll shed.
February 7, 2013
COLLARD-GREEN SMOOTHIE Cherron Perry of the Dandelion Bunch has a fresh take on collard greens: Cut 3 to 4 fresh collard-green leaves into strips. Put 1 cup cold water and stevia to taste in a blender. Add 2 handfuls of the greens and 1 to 2 frozen bananas, and blend until smooth. For a thicker consistency, add 1 or 2 cups ice cubes. BLACK-EYED PEA FRITTERS Head over to Geechee Girl Rice Cafe (6825 Germantown Ave.) for an awesome remake of black-eyed peas using a food processor, dried peas, onions, bell pepper, cornmeal and seasonings.
December 7, 1993 |
Randall Cunningham - author, co-host of his own television show, commercial pitchman - says he wants to get into the restaurant business next. The Eagles quarterback, who is out with a broken leg, said he is interested in starting a soul food restaurant, "like the Hard Rock Cafe, but with soul food," in either Philadelphia or Las Vegas. "It would be a good place for people to go down and get homecooked meals," Cunningham said in an interview played last night on WHWH-AM in Princeton.
May 26, 2004 |
Soul Food, the longest-running predominantly African American drama on TV, will have its series finale tonight at 10. Now what? "Oh wow. What am I going to do now?" lamented Lydia Peace, 32, a University City filmmaker who has been an avid viewer of the award-winning series since its 2000 debut on Showtime. "Everything was wrapped around Soul Food on Wednesday nights. " Based on the 1997 movie of the same name starring Vivica A. Fox and Mekhi Phifer, Soul Food recounted the ups and downs of the three Joseph sisters in Chicago.
February 14, 2001 |
During February, which is Black History Month, soul food gets a lot of attention. But some folks pass up traditional African American cooking, thinking it's automatically high in fat and calories: greasy fried chicken, collard greens laced with fatback, and dense, rich desserts. But there's a new generation of at-home cooks and professional chefs who whip up tasty, low-fat versions of such beloved foods. They take what Grandma made and improve on it, using different fats (replacing lard or shortening, for example, with olive oil or canola oil)
January 15, 1998 |
The video business wakes up from its holiday hangover this week, with a great batch of new movies on video. Topping the list is a funny and sad tale of two college friends. Career Girls 1/2 (1997) (Fox) 95 minutes. Katrin Cartlidge, Lynda Steadman. Director Mike Leigh's wistful, minor-key rumination about friendship and the passing of years, as two college roommates from the mid-'80s (the terrific Steadman and Cartlidge) meet six years later for a weekend of reminiscing and reflection.