Southern food is too complex and varied to ever achieve a conclusive origin story. While the influences are many, there are three major cultures to consider—Native American, West African, and European.
Different ingredients define the Southern states more so than any other part of the country. There are seven significant cuisines Louisiana Creole, Low Country, Appalachian, Cajun, Gullah, Floribbean and Soul Food.
Phil and Barbara work through all of this and the three types of cooking techniques in an extensive episode.