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Black-Eyed Peas

A Good-Luck Dish!

Foods Out of Africa

The slave trade brought many new foods to America from Africa. Yams, okra, lima beans, licorice, and watermelon are just a few of them.

Some slaves worked in the kitchen, having to prepare food for slave owners and their families. Gradually they added African foods and recipes to the menu. Over time, African, Native American, and European influences blended into a brand new type of food: what is known today as Southern cuisine.

Fried Okra

This dish combined a native African vegetable, okra, with slaves' allowance of cornmeal.


This dish had long been a staple of Central and Western Africa.

A photograph of black-eyed peas

African recipes used many new foods to America like yams, okra, lima beans, and watermelon.

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Cooking Up Some American History!

50 Authentic, Easy-to-Make Recipes from All Periods of American History!

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