Soul: A Chef's Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes


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Southern Living
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8.2 X 10.2 X 1.3 inches | 3.1 pounds

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About the Author

Todd Richards is a self-taught chef who paid his dues in numerous restaurant kitchens before becoming an executive chef who garnered national attention. He has two James Beard nominations for Best Chef in the Southeast, was an Iron Chef competitor, and was named one of "Four New Chefs to Watch" by Esquire magazine. He is the owner/chef of Richards' Southern Fried at Krog Street Market in Atlanta.


"In Soul, Todd Richards defines soulful cooking and rejects limiting definitions of soul food. Fluent in African-American history and cultural mores, he charts a progressive path forward for the generations of young chefs who will surely follow in his wake. Plus, any book that leads with a collards chapter wins my heart." -- John T. Edge, author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

"Atlantans and others who've come to crave Todd Richards' deft remixes of cuisines and traditions will love Soul for recipes like lamb steaks country-fried in the style of Nashville's fabled hot chicken, oysters poached in collard-green pesto, and crispy chitterlings over spicy fried rice. And readers new to Richards' talent will be blown away, not just by his technical and sensual acumen in the kitchen, but by his masterful sermons on the meaning of the elusive, powerful word, 'soul.' " -- Matt and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen

"Soul is a stunningly beautiful cookbook. Richards takes one of our nation's earliest and most cherished fusion cuisines to a new culinary frontier of endless, creative possibilities." -- Adrian Miller, author of the James Beard Award-winning book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time

"My most treasured books make me feel like I'm spending time with that person and getting to know their soul. I've read every word in this book and drooled over the photos. Flipping through Soul made me want to hop in the car and go see Todd just to talk food and catch up. Within these pages is the story of a chef's journey to define his cuisine and the food that fills his heart." -- Sean Brock, author of the James Beard Award-winning book, Heritage​

"Aside from being a well-illustrated, well-organized, and well-written cookbook, Soul defines Richards's core philosophies about food, creativity, and society. His heartfelt opinions about race in America and the importance of sharing food at the table as an expression of love and fellowship infuse this book with extra meaning. ... Most of all, Soul distills many years of cooking, improvising, and learning about different ingredients. Richards is a masterful chef who generously doles out his expertise and perspective in this inspiring book." -- Rachel Jagareski, Foreword Reviews

"[A] sensational debut cookbook. Richards's 'no limits' philosophy pushes the cuisine beyond traditional expectations and celebrates the power of soul food." -- Publishers Weekly

"Soul is both a manual and meditation, in chapters moving alphabetically from collards to potatoes, on the forces of history that made him the cook that he is."--Julia Moskin, The New York Times

"Soul is an homage to and reinterpretation of Southern cuisine." -- FOOD & WINE, Staff Favorite Recommendation

"Richards honors the tradition of soul food and also explores new terrain by adding a nice dash of the unexpected, as in his must-try recipe for Chicken Thighs and BBQ Beans. If that's not tempting enough, it's also one of the prettiest cookbooks you'll ever see." -- Sid Evans, SOUTHERN LIVING

"It's soul-satisfying from beginning to end." -- BookPage Top Pick

"This lavishly photographed cookbook with heart-felt prose--marinated in descriptions of Chicago and the South--brims with flavors and fellowship." -- Forbes

"His debut cookbook, Soul, is the epitome of what soul food is today and gives a glimpse of what it will be in the future." -- Aaron Hutcherson, Michelin Guide

Thumb through Soul for beautiful images, inspired stories (like how Richards went from Chicago to an Atlanta meat counter and then to the Four Seasons Hotel kitchen), plus recipes for perfect Southern hybrids like Grilled Peach Toast with Pimento Cheese." -- Garden & Gun

"Expertly written and beautifully produced, this deserves a spot in most collections." -- Library Journal

"Todd Richards opens our eyes to everything soul food is, was and can be. His recipes are inspired by his family roots, and while there are plenty of classic dishes we're especially excited by his vision of the cuisine for the next generation. Sea Urchin with Smoked Tomato Broth and West African Spices, and Popcorn-Crusted Scallops on Corn Porridge with Pickled Baby Corn and Beet Salad are just a few of his mouth-watering reinterpretations that breathe new life into the definition of 'soul food.'"--