Chef and charismatic blogger with 217 followers across social media, Jenné Claiborne grew up in Atlanta eating classic soul food--but thought she had to give all that up when she went vegan. She now celebrates the plant-based roots of the cuisine and reenvisions 100 classic dishes with a focus on healthy, whole ingredients--and a fresh and vibrant flair for flavor.
Some people wonder how you can have soul food without the chitlins, fried chicken, and pork-stewed collard greens. But Southern cooking and soul food actually have deep roots in fresh, local, plant-based lifestyles. In her first cookbook, Sweet Potato Soul, Jenné Claiborne honors the cuisine's important roots while offering new ways to prepare 100 classic (and new!) dishes for optimal nutrition--dishes like Coconut Collard Salad, Peach-Date BBQ Jackfruit Sliders, and Sweet Potato-Cinnamon Rolls. Jenné explores the narratives surrounding iconic and beloved soul food recipes, as well as their innate nutritional benefits--you'll never look at super-healthy foods like dandelion and other bitter greens, black-eyed peas, or sweet potatoes the same way. You'll learn how to make better-than-the-original takes on crave-worthy dishes that are good for the environment and your health, heart, and soul. Illustrated with gorgeous full-color photography, these recipes are delicious and easy to make--thanks to Jenné's years of tweaking and experimentation--without sacrificing flavor, tradition, or soul: from decadent pound cakes and fluffy biscuits to smokey collard greens, deceptive "crab" cakes and the most comforting sweet potato pie you'll ever taste.