Many recipes iconic to American cuisine can be traced back to the native lands of the people who built it. Favorites like jambalaya, okra, and rice pudding are popular on menus today but all have their roots in African culture.
So much of American food has originated in Black communities, and each region is rich with its own history tied to the evolution of American culture and cuisine. Here are four traditional recipes (made vegan!) that originated in the South, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and the Gulf, and the unique stories behind their origins.