New Year rolls around and everyone says ‘I am gonna exercise, I am gonna eat better’. The question is, will you? January 2013 from the great indie film producer Byron Hurt, comes the film “Soul Food Junkies” that specifically will deal with food and more so the effects of Soul Food, in the Black Community (okay politically correct term African-American, better?). The origin of Soul Food and education of Food and what we are putting into our bodies. Is Soul Food Healthy? Can Soul Food be cooked in way where it is nutritious without losing the taste? We will have to check the film to find out.
The film came about because Byron Hurt was baffled by his dad’s reluctance to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis. The filmmaker, Byron Hurt, sets out to learn more about this rich culinary tradition and it’s relevance to black cultural identity. He discovers that the love affair that his dad and his community have with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly. Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians and scholars, as well as doctors, family members, and everyday people, Soul Food Junkies puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its benefits and consequences. Hurt looks at the socioeconomics of predominantly black neighborhoods, where it can be difficult to find healthy options, and wonders if soul food has become an addiction in his community.
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