Hannah Che was concerned that going vegan would distance her from the customs and cuisine that her Chinese family observed. But that was before she discovered zhai cai, a plant-based Chinese cuisine that places an emphasis on umami-rich ingredients and has its origins in the kitchens of Buddhist temples.
Some folks are perplexed as to how soul cuisine may be made without chitlins, fried chicken, and collard greens that have been simmered in pork. However, the foundations of Southern cooking and soul food are found in local, seasonal, plant-based lifestyles. Jenne Claiborne's first cookbook, Sweet Potato Soul, honours the food's significant roots while presenting fresh methods for cooking 100 traditional (and modern!) dishes for optimum nutrition. Dishes like Coconut Collard Salad, Peach-Date BBQ Jackfruit Sliders, and Sweet Potato-Cinnamon Rolls are just a few examples.