Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Carla Hall in conversation with Kellie Pickler for Carla's new book Carla Hall's Soul Food.
Co-host of ABC’s hit Emmy Award-winning lifestyle show The Chew and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef, Carla Hall celebrates soul food and gives classic dishes her own fresh twists, with 145 delectable recipes updated for the way we eat now.
In Carla Hall’s Soul Food, the beloved chef and television celebrity takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine and traces soul food’s history from Africa and the Caribbean to the American South. Carla shows us that soul food is more than barbecue and mac and cheese. Traditionally a plant-based cuisine, everyday soul food is full of veggie goodness that’s just as delicious as cornbread and fried chicken.
From Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Hot Sauce Vinaigrette to Tomato Pie with Garlic Bread Crust, the recipes in Carla Hall’s Soul Food deliver her distinctive Southern flavors using farm-fresh ingredients. The results are light, healthy, seasonal dishes with big, satisfying tastes—the mouthwatering soul food everyone will want a taste of.
- Cracked Shrimp with Comeback Sauce
- Ghanaian Peanut Beef Stew with Onions and Celery
- Caribbean Smothered Chicken with Coconut, Lime, and Chiles
- Roasted Cauliflower with Raisins and Lemon-Pepper Millet
- Field Peas with Country Ham
- Chunky Tomato Soup with Roasted Okra Rounds
- Sweet Potato Pudding with Clementines
- Poured Caramel Cake
With Carla Hall’s Soul Food, you can indulge in rich celebration foods, such as deviled eggs, buttermilk biscuits, Carla’s famous take on Nashville hot fried chicken, and a decadent coconut cream layer cake.
Featuring 145 original recipes, 120 color photographs, and a whole lotta love, Carla Hall’s Soul Food is a wonderful blend of the modern and the traditional—honoring soul food’s heritage and personalizing it with Carla’s signature fresh style. The result is an irresistible and open-hearted collection of recipes and stories that share love and joy, identity, and memory.
Carla Hall is a chef, television personality, lifestyle expert, and food activist. She was a cohost of the daytime food talk show The Chew, a finalist on the cooking competitions Top Chef and Top Chef: All Stars, and regularly appears on Food Network. Her path to culinary celebrity started after she graduated from Howard University and discovered her passion for cooking. She attended culinary school and went on to become executive chef in fine dining restaurants and founded acclaimed businesses in catering and food retail. Carla is also the author of Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World and Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You. In all these ventures and through her travels, Carla connects people through food and across cultures. In addition to her work with social justice, advocacy, and philanthropic organizations, Carla is the Culinary Ambassador for Sweet Home Cafe at the Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., where she lives with her husband.