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Honoring our mothers: History and health on the menu in Soul Food Love

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At what point does soul food become unhealthy for the body? And how can that trend be reversed? “The kitchen has historically been a fraught place for many black Americans. Our family is among the many,” write New York Times best-selling author Alice Randall and her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams, in their new book, Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family (Crown Publishing Group, 2015). The black American kitchen “has been a place of servitude and scarcity, and sometimes violence, as well as a place of solace, shelter, creativity, commerce and communion,” the Randalls write. In their book, the authors share stories and memories from not only their kitchens, but those…

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