Jenné Claiborne Of Sweet Potato Soul
Why a sweet potato? Claiborne writes, “As a picky kid, they were one of the few healthy foods I would eat. Candied yams, sweet potato pie, and a good ol’ baked sweet potato; when I think of soul food, these come to mind. Now as a vegan chef sweet potatoes are still my favorite food, and one of the most delightful and soulful ingredients.” Worry not—Sweet Potato Soul boasts recipes not only tuber-centric; the blog is full of vibrant dishes (a Nut-Free West African Peanut Stew, Miso and Mango Cabbage Salad, —OK and yes, Sweet Potato Chocolate Muffins). It’s also packed with smart, relevant tips that prove plant-based eating isn’t just inspo, but can be an accessible reality for everyone (think: the best way to store produce for longevity; how to shop vegan with just $35 a week).
2. Michael Twitty Of Afroculinaria
Twitty’s blog (and book, The Cooking Gene) pull together his various, seemingly unrelated (but deeply entwined) interests: the study and preservation of African ancestral foodways, its influence on creole cuisines, and Jewish cultural issues. What ties them all together is what Twitty terms “identity cooking”: “Identity cooking isn’t about fusion; rather it’s how we construct complex identities and then express them through how we eat.” Afroculinaria is a wonderful resource for sharp cultural commentary, food history and culture, and interviews with fellow thought leaders.