Which Surprising Facts Represent African American Food Culture
One of the customs has a concept of” Tauranga,” which is an idea of west African about hospitality and neighborliness. This custom has now become a tenet of Southern gentility. All the white kids who were raised by black women know well about these values. They strongly believe in the combination of Southern hospitality with some sort of medieval pass down. This misattribution erased the Black and Native identities that played the most important role in shaping Southern culture heritage, everything from cookery to country manners. This process equated “White” with “Southern” and also created a dichotomy between “Southern cuisine” and “soul food,” both of which were from the same tradition.
Twitty explored all the complexities in one of his famous books, The Cooking Gene. He shared his personal experience, how his ancestry intertwines with African and American food traditions. All the research done by Stephen D. Behrendt, a historian, is mentioned in his book. These researches were about the relation between the ones who were enslaved and crops they grew, harvested which were later contributed to the United States for its wealth. It started with commodities and ended with race.
This book Cooking Gene generally safeguards against cultural appropriation. Some soul foods can also unite black people, but some of its iconic dishes like chitterlings, fried chicken, sweet potatoes, cornbread, and pigeon peas were once used to be an indigenous staple but now a fusion cuisine.
In the American South, all the differences between Southern food and soul food are indistinguishable. These differences are so blurred, especially in terms of flavor. Another surprising fact is that its soul food always remains stigmatized and generally characterized as” slave food.” Slave food is considered to be unhealthy food that should be delivered with a label of warning. This was because enslaved Africans usually ate only a plant-based diet, and meat dishes, richer sweet was only for special occasions. Now America is in the phase where restaurants can provide you every little information about what you are eating, like from where it was grown or raised, the personal hobbies of the animal.