In writing this collection of veganized Southern food I have come to realize some difficult things about this project:
1.) Southern food as it is viewed today is generally not very healthy. While a blog simply about veganized Southern food is easy, and many cookbooks and chefs do create magnificent Southern vegan dishes, I don’t know how helpful this blog will be if the recipes are loaded with fat, sugar and calories. Growing up in the South, I did not eat fried chicken every day of the week but some people would think that to be the case. I remember my greatest “culinary joy” was getting a strawberry from the garden before our dad got to it.
2.) I have not had the time to develop and test my own recipes. Other priorities have taken over and this is truly the first time that I have had a chance to think about the future of this effort.
3.) Making Southern food is good but are you ready to go on a journey with me? How about vegan food with a Southern flair? As I have created these recipes, more of my life experiences outside of the South have creeped into the food. Recreating Southern classics or other people’s perceptions of what those are has never been my mission. The South is changing so rapidly and more people appreciate Chinese or Mexican food there now as much as they do traditional Southern.
So, you tell me. What would you like dear readers?