about the book
Jenné Claiborne’s first cookbook, SWEET POTATO SOUL, offers 100 vegan soul food recipes that riff on Southern cooking in surprising and delicious ways, beautifully illustrated with full-color photography. Jenné revives the long tradition of using fresh, local ingredients creatively in dishes like Coconut Collard Salad and Fried Cauliflower Chicken. She improvises new flavors in Peach Date BBQ Jackfruit Sliders and Sweet Potato-Tahini Cookies. She celebrates the plant-based roots of the cuisine in Bootylicious Gumbo and savory-sweet Georgia Watermelon & Peach Salad. And she updates classics with Jalapeño Hush Puppies, and her favorite, Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls.
Along the way, Jenné explores the narratives surrounding iconic and beloved soul food recipes, as well as their innate nutritional benefits–you’ve heard that dandelion, mustard, and turnip greens, okra, and black eyed peas are nutrition superstars, but here’s how to make them super tasty, too.
From decadent pound cakes and ginger-kissed fruit cobblers to smokey collard greens, amazing crabcakes and the most comforting sweet potato pie you’ll ever taste, these better-than-the-original takes on crave-worthy dishes are good for your health, heart, and soul.
“One potato, two potato, give me all your sweet potatoes!! Jenne has crafted the best soul satisfying comfort vegan recipes. With easy recipes such as sweet potato hummus, Bourbon BBQ Tempeh Sliders, Fried Cauliflower Chicken, and really stellar vegan pound cakes you can bring the very best dishes from Atlanta, Georgia right into your own kitchen!” – Chloe Coscarelli, author of Chloe Flavor and Chloe’s Kitchen
“Jenné Claiborne knows how to make ingredients sing. Tasty, fresh, soulful — you won’t even realize these brilliant recipes are vegan!” – John Mackey, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Whole Foods Market
“Jenné has done an incredible job of compiling all of her favorite vegan soul food classics in this stunning cookbook. Vegans and those curious about plant-based eating will love the beautiful images, recipes, and thoughtful narrative in this book. I can’t wait to dig in (especially to Nana’s Sweet Potato Pie)!” – Dana Shultz, author of Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking
“Jenné has cooked up something special in her debut cookbook, proving that Soul food can be compassionate to the environment and to animals while tasting great—in fact, better than ever!” – Gene Baur, president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary, and author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food