“The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time” by Adrian Miller

In this insightful and eclectic history, Adrian Miller delves into the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Focusing each chapter on the culinary and social history of one dish —such as fried chicken, chitlins, yams, greens, and “red drinks”— Miller uncovers how it got on the soul food plate and what it means for African American culture and identity.