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A bowl of creamy cheese grits. Food writer Erin Byers Murray hopes that exploring the story of grits will help spur more discussion about how food shapes our culture, as humble ingredients are elevated into expensive dishes even as we come to terms with long-lost, or ignored, origin stories that deserve recognition. Lauri Patterson/Getty Images hide caption

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Carla Hall has a new book that explores her heritage and attempts to bring soul food to a wider audience. She embarked on a long journey through the South to investigate and get inspiration, and the story is a deep look into her philosophy. Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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In Soul Food Cookbook, Chef Carla Hall Celebrates Black Culinary Heritage

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Fried chicken and mac and cheese: A study suggests Southern cuisine may be at the center of a tangled web of reasons why black people in America are more prone to hypertension than white people. Robert Manella/Getty Images hide caption

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Lexington Style BBQ Pork Sandwich, Slaw, Pickled Okra. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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African-American Museum Cafe Serves Up Black History With Every Forkful

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As a new documentary shows, a plate of soul food is loaded with questions about history, identity and health. Laylah Amatullah Barrayn/PBS hide caption

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Sylvia Woods moves to the music outside her restaurant in Harlem neighborhood of New York, during the restaurant's 40th anniversary celebration in 2002. Stuart Ramson/AP hide caption

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Soul Food Fans Say Goodbye To 'Queen' Sylvia

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