Tanya Holland's California Soul: Recipes from a Culinary Journey West [A Cookbook] (Hardcover)
“The new California Cuisine is California Soul.”—Questlove
“California Soul is a book that will live on my kitchen counter with drips of California olive oil and splats of buttermilk on every page.”—Bobby Flay
ONE OF THE TEN BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: San Francisco Chronicle
ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: Saveur, Food & Wine, Epicurious, Library Journal
Through more than 80 seasonally inspired recipes, Tanya Holland's California Soul showcases modern soul food from the acclaimed chef of Brown Sugar Kitchen and host of Tanya's Kitchen Table. Tanya’s inventive cuisine—rooted in a Black Southern cultural repertoire with a twenty-first-century sensibility using local, sustainable, chef-driven, seasonal ingredients—is showcased in recipes for every season, such as Collard Green Tabbouleh, Zucchini–Scallion Waffles with Toasted Pecan Romesco, Grilled Shrimp and Corn with Avocado White BBQ Sauce, Fried Chicken Paillards with Arugula and Pea Shoots Salad, Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake, and Honey Lavender Chess Pie.
The recipes—influenced by the historical migration of African American families, including Tanya’s own—reveal the key ingredients, techniques, and traditions that African Americans brought with them as they left the South for California, creating a beloved version of soul food. Beyond recipes, Tanya spotlights fifteen contemporary Black Californian foodmakers—farmers, coffee roasters, and other talented artisans—whose work help defines California soul food, with stunning portraiture and stories. Filtered through the rich history of African American migration that brought her own family from the Deep South to the West Coast, Tanya's recipes are as comforting and delicious as they are steeped in history.
“Organized by season, California Soul by Tanya Holland takes a creative approach to recipes, marrying unexpected ingredients with established traditions. . . . With this gorgeously photographed book, Holland, the chef and owner of the now closed Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, shows how intertwined the story of California food is with that of the migration of Black folk out of the South to the West.”—Bon Appétit
“The cookbook deserves a spot on your bookshelf for the recipes alone, but you should save room for it on your nightstand—California Soul is a work of journalism and history as well.”—Food & Wine
“When Alice Walker writes in the foreword, ‘California Soul is the most beautiful cookbook I’ve ever read,’ the rest of us writers can just sit down because she said it best. The lyrical writing tells the story of the Great Migration of Black Southerners to the rest of the country through the lens of chef Tanya Holland’s own family, foodways, and recipes.”—Garden & Gun
“California Soul is a book to savor—both literally, with its recipes, and figuratively, as you absorb its beautiful and informative prose.”—Robb Report
“The new California Cuisine is California Soul. Tanya Holland’s cookbook spotlights seasonal recipes featuring California’s finest ingredients, along with a guide to Black-owned food businesses operated by entrepreneurs who are bringing innovation to agriculture on the West Coast.”—Questlove
“If there is a person who defines California Soul it is Chef Tanya Holland. . . .
she lives and breathes the lexicon of African American cuisine into her craft and graciously into this work of art.”—Kwame Onwuachi, James Beard award–winning chef and author
“In California Soul, Tanya masterfully weaves the history (and lore) of Black American farmers, businesses, and culinary legends in California to her personal love and ties to this culturally rich region.”—Carla Hall, chef, author, Food Network host
“With California Soul, Chef Tanya Holland sets a lavish table in order to teach y’all California’s food story through a Black lens. You’ll be glad that you pulled a chair up to Chef Holland’s table!”—Adrian Miller, James Beard Award–winning author
“Tanya’s California-style cooking combined with the unique and delicious flavors brought to the West by African Americans make for unforgettable recipes. This book preserves the legacy of California soul food.”—Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse restaurant and The Edible Schoolyard Project
“What a treat to have Tanya’s recipes for delectable and soulful California-inspired dishes.”—Phil Rosenthal, host of Somebody Feed Phil