soul food


Definition of 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 Twin Cities’ standout fried chicken sandwiches showcase our incredibly diverse food scene: Hmong, Italian, Korean, soul food, Nashville-via-Ethiopia. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Fried chicken sandwiches are booming in the Twin Cities. Here are 14 great ones," 4 Nov. 2020 Stolen from parts of Africa, Black Americans are the root of not just soul food but the comfort food, contemporary American food and fusion that permeates the restaurant industry. Washington Post, "‘Top Chef’ is getting more Black judges — finally. Other cooking shows need to follow suit.," 16 Oct. 2020 Chez Inez was a jazz spot and soul food restaurant run by Inez Cavanaugh, a native of Chicago who at one point served as the poet Langston Hughes’s secretary. New York Times, "Exploring James Baldwin’s Old Haunts in New York and Paris," 12 Dec. 2020 At Sugga’s, a soul food restaurant in Democratic-leaning Columbus, Black PAC activists left literature about Messrs. Warnock and Ossoff at the register next to menus. Cameron Mcwhirter And Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Georgia Senate Runoff Elections Trigger Panicked Door Knocking by Both Parties," 9 Dec. 2020 Caldwell graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and shortly after his stint at the Ritz Carlton, opened Betta Gumbo, which serves Southern meals such as Cajun, soul food, and fare from low country. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Defiant Colorado restaurant owner fights to stay open: 'It’s about the right to survive'," 2 Dec. 2020 The soul food legend is still serving its annual Thanksgiving dinner buffets just for takeout this year. Holly Baumbach,, "Ordering Thanksgiving dinner in? Here are 48 Chicago area restaurants offering takeout.," 9 Nov. 2020 The same could be said over at Nikki’s Place in Parramore, a mainstay for soul food — and definitely family. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Orlando chefs do their own spin on a fast food cult classic: the McRib," 28 Nov. 2020 Her soul food restaurant has reduced its days of operation, menu options and to-go meals — a $10 meal of four pieces of meat and two sides is now down to two pieces of meat and two sides for $6 (lunch or dinner). Darcel Rockett,, "Soul food in Englewood, religious unity in Evanston: How Chicagoans are keeping the holiday spirit alive during the pandemic," 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of soul food

1960, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2021

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“Soul food.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of soul food

: the type of food traditionally eaten by African-Americans in the southern U.S.

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