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89% of Americans Can't Name These Soul Food Dishes! Can You?
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If you know anything about the history of "soul food, you'll know that the phrase wasn't very well known until the 1960s. It was a time when civil rights movements were popular and Black nationalists found their voices and wanted to keep their traditions, legacy and culture alive. So when terms like "soul music," "soul sister (and brother)" popped up, it was only a matter of time until the word "soul" was put in front of the word "food."

While soul food uses many recipes used by slaves, it is also food that has been cooked by African Americans living in the southern states, where slavery was more common. This kind of cuisine, while basic, is special because it is made with love, feeling and of course, lots and lots of flavors. It doesn't need fancy ingredients like foie gras, but instead uses staples that can be found in almost any home, such as beans, greens, fish and chicken.

What we want to test today is whether you know enough about soul food to name all of the items we've included in this quiz. Were you the one watching your grandmother toil over a pot of gumbo or jambalaya? Or were you too busy playing outside to correctly identify some red beans if we showed you a picture of them? Let's find out how well you know your soul food. 

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