soul food


: food (such as chitterlings, ham hocks, and collard greens) traditionally eaten by southern Black Americans

Examples of soul food in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The idea to craft alcoholic beverages featuring her family’s traditional soul food flavors came to her in 2020 during COVID lockdown while cooking her late grandma’s handwritten peach cobbler recipe. Claudia Alarcón, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Taco Pete, along with newer restaurants that offer modern takes and twists on Black tacos (oxtail or plantain tacos, anyone?) are a huge part of L.A.’s soul food canon. Kevinisha Walker, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2024 The curation of music coupled with soul food, Tarana Burke and Rae fangirling over each other and Pinky Cole, Arian Simone and Luvvie Ajayi Jones posing for a Delta Sigma Theta photo signified that the evening was to bond guests over Black history and future. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Look for soul food plates like fish and collard greens, along with burgers and salads. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 16 Feb. 2024 Community members worried about the loss of their neighborhood soul food staple. Jenny Porter Tilley, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Feb. 2024 Using African, Caribbean, African-American, Native American, and European ingredients and cooking techniques, food activist and chef Bryant Terry reinterprets some of the most popular soul food dishes, including some of his childhood favorites. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2024 Featuring a modern take on soul food, visitors can enjoy items such as Black Eyed Pea Biryani, Za'atar Grilled Chicken Thighs with Green Tomato Chimichurri, and Twisted Soul Salad with Strawberry Peppercorn Vinaigrette. Geoff Whitmore, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 The perfect place, in fact, to give birth to the perfect soul food. Jonathan Thompson, Travel + Leisure, 21 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soul food was in 1960

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“Soul food.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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