black-eyed peas and fried stuff
February 13, 2011 8:33 PM Subscribe
Traditional Southern food (southeastern U.S.): why has it remained so popular within the region? Is it just history, or 'comfort food'?
posted by cp311 to food & drink (33 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I've tried searching AskMe, but to no avail. I love Southern food - black-eyed-peas, sweet potatoes, fried green tomatoes, etc. I know many traditional foods in the South were imported from Africa long ago, and have done well agriculturally in the warm, humid climate. But, why has the food remained within a common vein here, as far as how many Southerners eat? I know of many restaurants that serve such foods, especially deep-fried things, and am wondering what adds to the lasting appeal and present ubiquity of traditional staples.