Even in the unique patchwork of history that defines American cuisine, soul food holds a special place. The uninitiated often use the terms "soul food" and "Southern food" interchangeably. This is a mistake - the subtle difference between the two is in the specific types of ingredients used. Soul food originated in the kitchens of Southern slave quarters during America's Colonial era. With limited access to premium cuts like steak and chicken, inventive African-American slaves had to make do with types of meat that were traditionally less desirable.
Today, dishes like chitlins (pig intestines), chicken feet and hog maw (pig stomach) may seem unusual to followers of the traditional Western diet, but fans of soul food celebrate them as a testament to the creativity and resourcefulness of early America's oppressed population. Cross-pollination with other cuisines and cultures has led to the development of some interesting sub-varieties of soul food, including Chinese and vegan.
Soul food dishes are as diverse and interesting as people, which is why they are a perfect way to represent your personality. Are you hard on the outside but gooey inside, like a perfectly-crusted mac and cheese? Or are you full of rich flavor and spice, like a chicken wing? Answer the questions below to find out which classic soul food dish matches up best with your personality - and what that says about your life.
Which of the following is part of your morning routine?
How often do you organize plans in your social group?
What's your favorite color?
Where would you rather go on vacation?
Which of the below describes your ideal partner?
Where do you work best?
What kind of car do you drive?
Which of these musical genres do you like the most?
Which of these four super powers would you pick?
Which best describes you at a party?
What's your favorite sport?
What do you like to do on a rainy night inside?
Which of these animals is your ideal pet?
How do you respond to stress?
How are you on the dance floor?
What would your friends describe as your best trait?
When making decisions, do you follow your gut reaction or take time to think it through?
If you were an animal, which would you be?
How do you approach difficult conversations?
Which of these qualities is most important to you at work?
What do you drink in the morning?
How comfortable do you feel with new people?
Which of these leisure activities helps you relax the most?
Which of these academic subjects are you strongest in?
Which of these statements best describes your dating prowess?
If everyone is either a Beatles person or an Elvis person, which are you?
What's your biggest vice?
Which of these statements is your biggest wish for your children?
What's your biggest fear?
At what age do you want to retire?
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