Jenne Claiborne grew up in Atlanta eating classic Soul Food–fluffy biscuits, smoky sausage, Nana’s sweet potato pie–but thought she’d have to give all that up when she went vegan. As a chef, she instead spent years tweaking and experimenting to infuse plant-based, life-giving, glow-worthy foods with the flavor and depth that feeds the soul.
The result? Her first cookbook, Sweet Potato Soul, offering 100 vegan recipes that riff on Southern cooking in surprising and delicious ways, beautifully illustrated with full-color photography. Jenne revives the long tradition of using fresh, local ingredients creatively in dishes like Coconut Collard Salad and Fried Cauliflower Chicken. She improvises new flavors in Peach Date BBQ Jackfruit Sliders and Sweet Potato-Tahini Cookies. She celebrates the plant-based roots of the cuisine in Bootylicious Gumbo and savory-sweet Georgia Watermelon & Peach Salad. And she updates classics with Jalapeno Hush Puppies, and her favorite, Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls.
Along the way, Jenne explores the narratives surrounding iconic and beloved soul food recipes, as well as their innate nutritional benefits–you’ve heard that dandelion, mustard, and turnip greens, okra, and black eyed peas are nutrition superstars, but here’s how to make them super tasty, too.
From decadent pound cakes and ginger-kissed fruit cobblers to smokey collard greens, amazing crabcakes and the most comforting sweet potato pie you’ll ever taste, these better-than-the-original takes on crave-worthy dishes are good for your health, heart, and soul.
About Jenne Claiborne
Jenne Claiborne is a NYC-based vegan personal chef, cooking instructor, and the blogger behind Sweet Potato Soul, with over 200,000 followers on social media. She studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and founded the personal chef company, The Nourishing Vegan, whose clients have included India Arie, Lucy Liu, Lululemon, Soho House, Whole Foods, and many more. Jenné has been on Today, and her recipes and nutritional advice have been featured in VegNews, the Vegetarian Times, Shape.com, the Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Thoughtfully Magazine, Greatist, Well+Good, Laika magazine, Urban Bush Babes, Main Street Vegan, Our Hen House, and Refinery 29. She is the co-creator of Buddhalicious, an online meal planning service that makes it easy for people to adopt a healthy and delicious vegan diet.
I love cookbooks so I was super excited when I received Sweet Potato Soul in the mail! I am so happy that I received this cookbook because it has vegan recipes that are inspired by Southern cooking. I live in Tennessee and I love Southern cooking but I am not a huge fan of meat. Sweet Potato Soul has really helped me find ways to incorporate Southern flavors into meals without meat! This cookbook features 100 easy vegan recipes and is divided into the following sections: breakfast, salads & soups, greens & sides, mains, sweets & drinks, and pantry staples & sauces. I highly recommend checking out Sweet Potato Soul!
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I’ll have to check this cookbook out! I love exploring plant-based recipes, but I struggle with the thought of giving up the soul food I grew up enjoying with my family. XOXO.
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i have tried so many times to kind of transition into vegetarian hoping to one day be a vegan and everytime i am stopped in my journey and brought back to my current ‘carnivorous’ eating style because the recipes only do so much for me and then i revert back but i’m hoping to test this book out! thank you for the review x
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