You Are What You Eat

Denver attorney, author and well-regarded politico Adrian Miller has led not only a colorful life, but a delicious one: His gigs include moonlighting as a certified barbecue judge. Also a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an organization dedicated to the preservation and historical documentation of Southern-style cooking, the culinary scholar knows a thing or two about food. More specifically, soul food. His new book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time ($30, University of North Carolina Press), puts the art and cultural life of African-American chow in sometimes-unexpected perspective, and it’s just the first in a series of books he hopes to write on different aspects of the subject.

So where does Miller recommend eating soul food in the Denver area? Cora Faye’s, Kirk’s Soul Kitchen and the Welton Street Cafe, according to his website,, where he also lists a slew of his favorite barbecue joints. Miller will discuss and sign copies of Soul Food tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 East Colfax Avenue; visit or call 303-322-7727.
Tue., Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m., 2013


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