When cookbook author and food activist Bryant Terry was putting together Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy & Creative African-American Cuisine, he knew the book would be successful if my family, who lives in the deep South, enjoyed the recipes.
I knew my friends in New York City and the San Francisco Bay area, who are open to plant-based food, would embrace it. But I was really invested in making this book something that my family in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi would love as well, he says. We could talk a lot about the benefits of having a plant-based diet for our personal health and well-being, for the environment, for animals. But I think that one of the things I really want to move people to do is eat real food, starting with fresh, whole ingredients and cooking at home, for the most part.
Terry will give a talk tonight at 7 p.m. at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, titled Redefining Soul Food: Politics and Pleasures of Food and Eating in the Black Communities; samples of his food prepared by local chefs will be served, and Terry promises a multi-layered presentation full of surprises. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for the general public; there will be a pre-program tour of the All-America Selections Gardens at 5:15 p.m. for an additional $5, and a 6 p.m. social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver. Call 720-865-3580 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Thu., June 24, 2010