African American cuisine is a unique and highly-regarded part of American food culture. African Americans have had a profound influence on American cuisine. Since the first Africans arrived in Virginia on a Dutch ship in 1619, black restaurant weeks have been making contributions to our food culture ever since. 

To celebrate the contributions of African Americans to America’s culinary culture, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite dishes: 

1.) Sweet potato pie – Thanks to the influence of Africans in America, this traditional Thanksgiving dessert is not only delicious but also nutritious. 

2.) Fried chicken –  Fried chicken is a staple at barbecues and family gatherings across America, but it has its roots in African American culture thanks to slaves who learned how to fry chicken from their masters (and later passed this knowledge on). 

3.) Barbecue ribs – Another traditional Southern food that has become popular all around the country, barbecue ribs are smoked low and slow for hours until they’re fall-off-the-bone tender. 

4.) Gumbo – African Americans were the first to introduce gumbo to the rest of the country, and it has since become a staple of Southern cuisine. 

5.) Peanut Butter & Jelly – Invented by Thomas Adams in 1904, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have become a favorite snack for kids everywhere. This is one of the most popular ways that African Americans have contributed to American cuisine! 

6.) Soul Food – Soul food is another staple of American cuisine that originated with African Americans who wanted to make traditional European-American dishes healthier by using ingredients like greens instead of meat, or substituting white flour with whole wheat flour when baking breads and cakes!

7.) The first ice cream parlor was opened by an African American man named William Bruce in New York City in 1792. He didn’t make it just for himself—he wanted everyone to enjoy his delicious creations! 

8.) Cake pops were invented by an African American woman named Dianne Jacobs after she had trouble getting her children to eat healthy snacks like apples or carrots—so instead of forcing them to eat those foods, she decided to make something fun out of them! 

Conclusion 

The possibilities for discovering and exploring African American food culture are vast and exciting. Hopefully, this article has provided you with plenty of inspiration to explore African American food culture and the fascinating world of Soul.