- Great Taste - 20150325 - Alice Randall

It was my good fortune to speak recently with Caroline Randall Williams and her mother, Alice Randall. They are the co-authors of Soul Food Love-Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family. I hope you will make the time to listen, buy the book, read their amazing story, and use the many creative recipes while creating your own kitchen legacy.  

The book has two distinct parts-a narraSoul Food Lovetive written by Alice that tells the story of three generations of cooks in her family who each weighed more than 200 pounds, and the fourth generation's different story penned by Caroline, who refused to succumb to the same weight issues.   Caroline developed the recipes that make up the second part of the book.

This week, Alice discusses over 100 years of cooking in her family, stories of both the men and women.  She describes the historical reality of the kitchen from an insecure, scary place, to a spot filled with warmth and community, and how that positive change in the kitchen’s personality along with the rise of industrialization resulted in the current health issues affecting the African American community.

The message of Soul Food Love is powerful and inspiring.  Though it ostensibly deals with one African American family, the stories and recipes are tools that anyone can use.

Alice Randall is the bestselling author of four novels, and the writer of one of my all-time favorite country songs, "XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)," sung by Trisha Yearwood.  For more information on Alice, who teaches at Vanderbilt University, check our her website.