What is Soul Food?
First of all, soul food is American cuisine. It is a variety of cuisine that comes from traditional African dishes in the Southern United States. The term may have originated in the mid-1960s, when soul was a common word used to describe African-American culture (for example, soul music).
Soul food also includes other dishes that are common on American cuisine such as green beans, mashed potatoes, apple pie, and breakfast foods such as bacon or sausage and eggs. Vegetables and other dishes are usually cooked with oil and pieces of pork for flavor.
There is an increasing number of non-African Americans who enjoy soul food dishes for their ability to satisfy the appetite and good taste. This has caused an increase in the number of soul food restaurants that are opening, expanding and remaining profitable not just in southern cities; but all across the country. These restaurants serve all of the staples as well as other main dishes such as hamburgers and french fries, spaghetti, baked chicken and baked fish, sliced ham, and turkey and dressing. They also serve side dishes such as broccoli, cabbage, rice, baked potatoes, peas and carrots.