Soul Man

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
Thu., June 24, 2010