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Beloved TV chef (ABC’s Emmy Award-winning The Chew and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef), Carla Hall takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine. In Carla Hall’s Soul Food, the beloved chef and television celebrity takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s Beloved TV chef (ABC’s Emmy Award-winning The Chew and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef), Carla Hall takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine. In Carla Hall’s Soul Food, the beloved chef and television celebrity takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine and traces soul food’s history from Africa and the Caribbean to the American South. Carla shows us that soul food is more than barbecue and mac and cheese. Traditionally a plant-based cuisine, everyday soul food is full of veggie goodness that’s just as delicious as cornbread and fried chicken. From Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Hot Sauce Vinaigrette to Tomato Pie with Garlic Bread Crust, the recipes in Carla Hall’s Soul Food deliver her distinctive Southern flavors using farm-fresh ingredients. The results are light, healthy, seasonal dishes with big, satisfying tastes—the mouthwatering soul food everyone will want a taste of. Recipes include: Cracked Shrimp with Comeback Sauce Ghanaian Peanut Beef Stew with Onions and Celery Caribbean Smothered Chicken with Coconut, Lime, and Chiles Roasted Cauliflower with Raisins and Lemon-Pepper Millet Field Peas with Country Ham Chunky Tomato Soup with Roasted Okra Rounds Sweet Potato Pudding with Clementines Poured Caramel Cake With Carla Hall’s Soul Food, you can indulge in rich celebration foods, such as deviled eggs, buttermilk biscuits, Carla’s famous take on Nashville hot fried chicken, and a decadent coconut cream layer cake. Featuring 145 original recipes, 120 color photographs, and a whole lotta love, Carla Hall’s Soul Food is a wonderful blend of the modern and the traditional—honoring soul food’s heritage and personalizing it with Carla’s signature fresh style. The result is an irresistible and open-hearted collection of recipes and stories that share love and joy, identity, and memory.


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Beloved TV chef (ABC’s Emmy Award-winning The Chew and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef), Carla Hall takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine. In Carla Hall’s Soul Food, the beloved chef and television celebrity takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s Beloved TV chef (ABC’s Emmy Award-winning The Chew and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef), Carla Hall takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine. In Carla Hall’s Soul Food, the beloved chef and television celebrity takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine and traces soul food’s history from Africa and the Caribbean to the American South. Carla shows us that soul food is more than barbecue and mac and cheese. Traditionally a plant-based cuisine, everyday soul food is full of veggie goodness that’s just as delicious as cornbread and fried chicken. From Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Hot Sauce Vinaigrette to Tomato Pie with Garlic Bread Crust, the recipes in Carla Hall’s Soul Food deliver her distinctive Southern flavors using farm-fresh ingredients. The results are light, healthy, seasonal dishes with big, satisfying tastes—the mouthwatering soul food everyone will want a taste of. Recipes include: Cracked Shrimp with Comeback Sauce Ghanaian Peanut Beef Stew with Onions and Celery Caribbean Smothered Chicken with Coconut, Lime, and Chiles Roasted Cauliflower with Raisins and Lemon-Pepper Millet Field Peas with Country Ham Chunky Tomato Soup with Roasted Okra Rounds Sweet Potato Pudding with Clementines Poured Caramel Cake With Carla Hall’s Soul Food, you can indulge in rich celebration foods, such as deviled eggs, buttermilk biscuits, Carla’s famous take on Nashville hot fried chicken, and a decadent coconut cream layer cake. Featuring 145 original recipes, 120 color photographs, and a whole lotta love, Carla Hall’s Soul Food is a wonderful blend of the modern and the traditional—honoring soul food’s heritage and personalizing it with Carla’s signature fresh style. The result is an irresistible and open-hearted collection of recipes and stories that share love and joy, identity, and memory.

30 review for Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    I borrowed this from the library solely because I'm downsizing and don't need another cookbook. Plus, I really wanted her biscuit recipe! There are some other pretty great looking recipes here, but it's her commentary that's just adorable! She calls salt "compliments" because if you don't use it, you ain't gonna get no compliments! Hilarious!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gregorio Pedroza

    Carla Hall reaches out to the reader with her love and vulnerability. In turn, we the reader not only are encouraged to cook... but we learn about the culture through her

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    I didn’t think I could love Carla more than I already did, but this book proved me wrong! She is just “good people” through and through, and I love her wise, silly, thoughtful, quirky, joyful, and unique takes on life and food. This is part cookbook, part memoir, and part travelogue of a road trip through the South, all with the driving theme of reclaiming soul food – for black people, for Americans in general, and for Carla very personally. She grew up in Nashville with lots of wonderful soul f I didn’t think I could love Carla more than I already did, but this book proved me wrong! She is just “good people” through and through, and I love her wise, silly, thoughtful, quirky, joyful, and unique takes on life and food. This is part cookbook, part memoir, and part travelogue of a road trip through the South, all with the driving theme of reclaiming soul food – for black people, for Americans in general, and for Carla very personally. She grew up in Nashville with lots of wonderful soul food traditions that she rejected in her culinary school days and early career in order to cook more “sophisticated” food, and to avoid being pigeonholed as a black chef. Years later, she reclaimed her food heritage and made it her own, drilling deep into the real, upsetting, and messy history of it, which of course started with slaves adapting their culinary traditions to their forced new land. I learned so much from this book, from more insights into the Gullah-Geechee culture to the more vegetable-driven, “cleaner” origins of soul food, which Carla argues has been obscured by the modern stereotypes of soul food being high-fat, high-sugar, high-meat, etc. I unapologetically love those versions, but I also enjoyed learning about (and cooking!) Carla’s more health-conscious takes, from baked chicken with a pan “gravy” made only with veggies and its natural juices to a lighter, fresher iteration of shrimp and grits I’m excited to try. Everything I’ve cooked from this so far has been delicious, and I know I will continue to cook from it and reference it as I meditate on my own culinary heritage, which has some overlaps with hers. Beautiful photography by Gabriele Castile, too.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This is one of those cookbooks you can read from cover to cover. It's like Carla Hall is talking you right through it. The recipes look outstanding. There are beautiful photos with each of them. Also, Carla tells stories about why they are included and gives tips about the preparation. I love that there are a number of meat free options in here. This book does something that often bothers me in cookbooks. It will have part of a recipe in one place and then tell you to go to another page to find th This is one of those cookbooks you can read from cover to cover. It's like Carla Hall is talking you right through it. The recipes look outstanding. There are beautiful photos with each of them. Also, Carla tells stories about why they are included and gives tips about the preparation. I love that there are a number of meat free options in here. This book does something that often bothers me in cookbooks. It will have part of a recipe in one place and then tell you to go to another page to find the other part of the recipe. For instance, find the barbecue sauce at the back of the book. But I have to admit it doesn't bother me in this book because the sauces and pickles in the back of the book have so many other possible uses! In addition to the amazing recipes she talks about the history and culture of soul food. There was so much that I didn't know! I’ve tried several recipes since my review. The banana pudding was exceptional. Steeping the milk with the bananas gave it such a deep, rich banana flavor. I could eat the mustard seed marinated white and pinto beans every day! They are so fast and easy to make and so very flavorful. The flaky buttermilk biscuits took a bit more time, but my family loved them. I’ve not tried anything from this cookbook that hasn’t been delicious!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dean

    I read a lot of cookbooks, most are good, but this one really stands out. I recommend this to anyone, check it out. A nice departure from the Paula Deen stuff I see a lot, there are some really yummy takes on a lot of favorites. I love how much this highlights vegetables in ways that make you really want to try it. I would eagerly buy this for others as a gift. This has instantly become a favorite.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily Wagner

    Are you supposed to cry while you read a cookbook? Carla's connection to her family and ancestors is so beautiful and so in the spirit of how we should experience food I cried the whole way. Also the recipes look amazing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather Tucker

    Hall’s writing is cozy and conspiratorial, like she’s letting you in on family secrets. There’s a lot of great history and a lot of vegetable recipes. I wanted to make pretty much every recipe I read. She’s a delight.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    I liked the book. I made 10 recipes from the book with no modifications. All of the recipes were well written and I will be trying more in the near future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pixie

    3.5 stars. I am a sucker for cookbooks with southern recipes, and recipes for lots of side dishes/vegetables. This one hits those marks. Carla actually hired someone else to write the book, which is fine. She developed the recipes. I like picking up different techniques. For example, in the Breads section there are five different recipes for biscuits or rolls using five distinct techniques. It made me wish I had someone to teach cooking to, and just bake through the chapter. Nice pictures of the 3.5 stars. I am a sucker for cookbooks with southern recipes, and recipes for lots of side dishes/vegetables. This one hits those marks. Carla actually hired someone else to write the book, which is fine. She developed the recipes. I like picking up different techniques. For example, in the Breads section there are five different recipes for biscuits or rolls using five distinct techniques. It made me wish I had someone to teach cooking to, and just bake through the chapter. Nice pictures of the food, too, which one would expect from a modern cookbook.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book would be awesome for someone who likes this type of food. For me this is not my normal type of fare and this probably would not be given the choice my first pick. I did find a recipe for something called sweet tea soda, that sounds very interesting. There could have been more pictures and some of the recipes could have had less ingredients. For someone who likes Soul Food this would be an awesome book. It just was not a book for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I love Southern food and was really looking forward to checking out this cookbook, but I found it a little disappointing. Maybe because I've grown up in the South there just weren't a lot of recipes I wanted to try. I did like that she explored all aspects of Southern food and talked about the history of Soul Food in different areas. If you're a fan of Carla Hall or want an introduction to Southern food this would be a good starting point.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I didn't know an audiobook of a cookbook could be a thing, but it was kind of like watching a cooking show with nothing to look at. I love Carla Hall, way back from her two part call of "hootie, hootie hoo" on Top Chef, so I enjoyed hearing her talk about food that is important to her.

  13. 5 out of 5

    CSCL Media Squad

    If you make nothing else but the Spoonbread Dressing on p.149, it'll be worth checking out! But the whole book is full of Hall's famously zesty and beautiful spirit and some amazingly delicious food! Not for the calorie-conscious!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Violette

    Ive made a lot of the recipes in this book but keep coming back to that spicy meatloaf. i do enjoy her anecdotes that give this book a personal touch. why she has a recipe for hot dogs, ill never know.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Love Carla! Lots of things to try in this one. Good basics, but with enough distinction to make them new.

  16. 5 out of 5

    L.

    I love this woman...... the way she writes, the way she cooks, and her marvelous sense of herself and humor!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Tadlock

    Congratulations Carla, great book. Love the simple to make recipes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    I found about four recipes that sound healthy and easy without special ingredients.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kenya

    Beautiful, diverse, and simple. What more could you ask for?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karie

    Nice book with not an overwhelming amount of back story for each recipe. I found a few I'll try.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shannan Harper

    I will try a couple of the recipes in this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beka

    As always, fun takes on Southern favorites.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary C

    A wonderful collection of stories and recipes from one of the best cooks I've ever followed. Carla is the happiest and most joyful person and I loved reading about how her love for food came about.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelley

    Eager to make her spoonbread!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    zucchini cheddar bread sounds good.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Don

    Great recipes that I think I could actually make and enjoy. Nicely illustrated and just the right amount of story content.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    I might have to buy this one. I didn’t have time to read it closely and still found a bunch of recipes to try.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jabria

    This one might be a keeper. I've already got several Sunday dinners planned from this book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Floyd

    Healthy Soul Food Loved the southern style veggies. Easy to prepare for weeknights and special occasions. Ingredients are easy to find in local grocery.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Megan Poulos

    I love her but none of the recipes in this book got me excited. Hopefully I'll enjoy her other cookbook more

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