Bryant Terry interacts with his food, and he wants you to do the same. His cookbook, Vegan Soul Kitchen mixes fresh, local ingredients with a blend of traditional Southern cooking and flavours inspired by travel and experimentation. The result is a surprising departure from the usual fatty meat-heavy soul food. In its place is a comforting blend of fresh, nurturing ingredients, and satisfying vegan fats.
In what Bryant calls a combination of “life, recipes and historical notes on Afro-Diasporic cuisine”, he promotes local, seasonal cooking without meat, dairy products or eggs. Most ingredients are as unprocessed as possible, meaning beans are cooked from scratch and real peanuts are ground into sauces.
A Soundtrack for Each Recipe
The style of this book is relaxed, low-key and personable. Bryant even provides a soundtrack for his recipes; many of which connect food to the history of African-American culture. His uncle even penned a song that appears in the book.