History of Southern Cooking

Feb 1, 2023

Southern food has been around for generations, and has contributed to a wide variety of gatherings, holidays, events, and communities. It is a method of cooking that was developed in the American South with states such as South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, along with many more. It has major influence of Native American, European, and African cultures that paved the way for Southern food in special ways:

  • Integration of Cultures: The use of different ingredients and the introduction of foods were of major Southern Influence with Native Americans introducing corn and the making of cornbread and the method of frying, the African culture introducing gumbo, and the European culture introducing pork.
  • Agriculture: Growing vegetables and eating from the land was a major part of the South. Foods such as greens, berries, muscadine, and fish were partaken of and is an important part of today’s southern dishes.
  • Sense of Community: Families would get together for barbeque or brunch, and it has become a part of Southern culture for events, parties, and gatherings.

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