It can never be said that Southern food doesn’t feed the soul. However, its deliciousness is too often attributed to grease, fat and butter. Fact is, the true traditions have more to do with a locally sourced, plant-based diet than a bucket-of-fried-chicken one. “The food traditions of the South originated in people eating what was there,” says Sara Baer-Sinnott, president of Oldways, a nutrition nonprofit. “The foods that sustained a culture include many great ...

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