The Spirit of Soul Food
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Free Library of Philadelphia
Join us as we celebrate the spirit of Soul Food by teaching its history and providing cooking demonstrations for some of the most popular soul food dishes: Fried Chicken (February 7th), Baked Macaroni and Cheese (February 14th), Collard Greens (February 20th), and Sweet Potato Pie (February 28th).
Soul Food has a history as rich as its flavors. It is a food tradition that began in the South where many ingredients were locally raised, grown and prepared by enslaved people. Soul food originated when enslaved people were only given leftovers and the undesirable parts of meat and other foods by their white plantation owners to eat. The Free Library wishes to celebrate the ingenuity and exceptional skill of these cooks who were able to create such delicious meals despite their very limited means, resources, and circumstances.