Books: Cooking by Cuisine -> Cooking American
Published: November 25, 1997
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Soul food is the culinary proof of a people's ability to take lemons and make lemonade. Brought to America in shackles and fed on scraps and leftovers from their masters' tables, African slaves took pigs' cheeks, hocks, and tails,
supplemented them with what they could catch (possum, rabbit, or squirrel) and what they could grow (okra, greens, or lima beans, for example), and worked a kind of culinary alchemy, creating a cuisine that was both filling and tasty. No one worried in
those days about too much fat or sugar in their diets, since field work had a tendency to burn off excess calories in a hurry. Times have changed since then, however, and modern lifestyles don't do as well with soul food's high-fat, high-calorie content.
Enter Low-Fat Soul, the answer to every health-conscious, soul-food-loving cook's prayer.
Low-Fat Soul offers up an exciting blend of old and new: Hoppin-John and Moroccan Vegetable Stew, catfish that's oven-fried instead of deep-fried, Southern
Cornbread Dressing with half the calories and all the flavor, and much more. Sometimes it's the ingredients that have changed, and sometimes it's the cooking method, but the more things change, the more they stay the same. Low-Fat Soul helps you keep the
traditions and the flavors--the soul--of your favorite dishes and stay healthy at the same time.
Is your mouth watering for great African-American food, but your conscience keeps reminding you to worry about fat, sodium,
and calories? Now you can feed your soul the best Southern, Creole, Cajun, or Island cooking without worrying whether it's good for you--it is! In Low-Fat Soul, Essence magazine food editor Jonell Nash has created wonderful recipes that reflect the way
we want to cook and eat today.
Indulge yourself with a rich, hot, and spicy Creole Seafood and Sausage Gumbo ladled over steaming bowls of rice. Reawaken summer memories of naturally sweet Creamy Corn Pudding lying golden on your plate next to Crispy
Baked Chicken. Enjoy getting your fingers sticky as you devour Hot Buffalo Chicken Rolls as tangy as the classic, winged version. Or enjoy that slice of Heavenly Sweet Potato Pie--without the guilt!
Low-Fat Soul brings you dozens of easy-to-make meals
for every day, holiday fare, and elegant dinner parties. Its wide range of dishes cuts across regional cuisines from the Carolinas to the Texas Gulf, from the Caribbean to New Orleans, but at-a-glance seasoning suggestions let you individualize dishes to
accommodate your family's preferences. Plus, Jonell Nash's easy tips help you modify your own family recipes to strip away fat while keeping the flavor--and the soul--intact.
Nothing says "home" more powerfully than the dishes we all grew up enjoying.
Now you can continue this important cultural legacy in Jonell Nash's brilliant low-fat adaptations: the traditions and flavors you don't want to live without in authentic tasting versions you can live with--in good health.
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